It was not a good day at the office for Real Madrid as they suffered a surprising defeat to the least expected team in Group D on Tuesday night. Goals at either halves from Uzbek winger Jasurbek Yakhshiboev and Luxembourg midfielder Sébastien Thill gave Sheriff Tiraspol the three points at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Many people are already terming the result as the biggest shock in UEFA Champions League history. Sheriff Tiraspol are only making their debut in the competition and Madrid were expected to see off the Moldovan minnows in front of their home fans.
The result is even more staggering when you consider the huge distance in the worth of both teams. Carlo Ancelotti's side couldn't even rescue a point on the night despite having their superstar front three in the starting lineup. The combination of Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and Vinicius Júnior are worth almost ten times the value of the full Sheriff team.
According to figures from Transfermarkt, Vinicius Júnior is worth €40m, Eden Hazard is also worth €40m, while Karim Benzema has a value of €25m (combined total of €105m). Real Madrid's squad as a whole has a total value of €739m which is miles bigger than Sheriff Tiraspol's combined total of just €13m with their captain and number 10 - Frank Castañeda being their most valuable player worth €1m.
This result shows the beauty of the game of football where any team is beatable and the unexpected can happen at any time. Real Madrid's defeat will go down in history as one of the biggest shocks ever in football. It also shows why the plans for the Super League was such a bad idea from the onset.
Real Madrid President Fiorentino Perez was the main pioneer for the Super League and in one of his submissions back in April, he said that: “The Champions League is only attractive from the quarter finals. Nobody cares about the games before” [Quotes via ESPN FC]
Perhaps the result against his side on Tuesday night will show him why it is important to keep the game free and fair for all clubs to flourish, including the smaller teams.
Sheriff are now the surprise leaders of Group D with a perfect start of two wins out of two, while Real Madrid trail them in second place with Inter Milan and Shaktar Donetsk level on points at the bottom.
Photo credits: Bleacher Report Football, ESPN FC & Transfermarkt.
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