August 2025 - December 2025
André Onana left for €12,000,000 to join Juventus. He was only a backup for Real Madrid and the arrival of Unai Simón spelled the end of Onana's career at a top club. Youngster Edgar Pujol left on loan.
A 3-0 win away to Celta Vigo started the Armando Pérez era, with Vinícius Júnior and Neymar already proving key players. Real Madrid maintained a 16-1-0 record in their opening 17 league games of the season. The one draw came away to Atlético Madrid, while Real secured an El Clásico win over Barcelona at the Bernabéu. Tactical familiarity intensified later on into the year, and this showed in the results with 26 goals scored in the final 6 league games of 2025.
UEFA Champions League:
5-1-0 record for Real Madrid in the group stage as they dominated a group that had RB Leipzig, Ajax and Nice. The only draw was away to Nice, while there were plenty of goals in the other games.
Real Madrid Player Stats
Courtois and Simón shared the minutes fairly evenly, with Courtois playing 1 more game. Both impressed, with Simón just edging the clean sheet count (9 vs 8).
Bremer, Militao, Badiashile and van Dijk were all playing regularly and impressing, rotating between the back three positions. Nacho was a decent cover for these four. Bremer's ability to score from set-piece situations was shining.
Trent Alexander-Arnold's reputation as a creative force translated well to Spanish football, with the Englishman on 6 assists so far, and probably should have had more had the attackers taken more chances. Mendy was also impressive on the left, with 4 assists to his name.
Armando Pérez had every intention of easing Toni Kroos out of the starting lineup but the German was sensational, scoring and assisting a combined 9 times. He kept Camavinga out of the team regularly, with Valverde preferred alongside him.
The attack was on fire, largely in part to the Brazilian contingent. Neymar had 18 goals and 5 assists, Malcom had 13 goals and 5 assists, Viní had 8 goals and 9 assists. Coman was the most promising of the rest, while Jovic failed to impress and Gil was only still a developing teenager.
The vast amounts of money spent in the summer was paying dividends in the league, with Real Madrid's 49 points putting them comfortably on top. Pérez's former club Villarreal were the nearest challengers, on 41, while Barcelona were in third place with 36. 5 goals conceded by Real so far was remarkable, while the 46 scored was expected to increase exponentially now that the Real team were integrating well to Pérez's system.
Neymar's league-high 16 goals was a large contributor to Real's success. Returning to LaLiga, following a stint in Paris, Neymar proved why he's one of the greatest of all time. Moukoko's 13 earned him with the media linking him to Real Madrid, and a reunion with Armando Pérez. Could a move for him happen?!?
UEFA Champions League Group B
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich was the biggest tie of the round to look forward to, while Man City would face off against Barcelona and Chelsea against PSG. Big games all around.
2026 would begin with a home game against Real Sociedad, before Supercopa action against Barcelona. There were games against Villarreal and a Copa del Rey tie in an exciting month of January, while Champions League games against Bayern Munich were also on the horizon. The second El Clásico game of the LaLiga season was scheduled at the end of March, and Real Madrid would finish the LaLiga campaign away to Pérez's former club Villarreal, at the end of May.
How many trophies would Real Madrid be celebrating in six months time?
, trophies are on the way…. I hope