Rohit Sharma defends Real Madrid after their unceremonious exit from Champions League

Rohit has leaped in the defence of the team.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

India cricket star Rohit Sharma, a staunch Real Madrid supporter, has come out in support of the club after they were unceremoniously dumped out of the UEFA Champions League. One of the biggest football clubs on the planet and the most decorated in the Champions League’s history, Real Madrid had won the four of the last five seasons including the last three. Unsurprisingly, they were tipped to go far in the ongoing season too.

However, the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, coach Zinedine Zidane and several other factors affected their momentum and they crashed out at the pre-quarterfinal stage. The manner of the departure was even worse as they lost to lowly Ajax that too at home which is rightly considered their fortress. Ajax thrashed the Spanish giants 4-1 to advance 5-3 on aggregate.

The fans, who have seen the club dominate the European championship in the last few years, came out in numbers to slam the team and the players for the dismal show. But as the criticism keeps on growing, Rohit has leaped in the defence of the team. The India cricket star took to Twitter to remind the critics how successful Real Madrid has been in the competition before saying that one rare bad year is not a big deal.

“First time in 22 years @realmadrid has failed to qualify for @ChampionsLeague shows how dominant & consistent they have been in Europe. Any team can have one bad year, it’s no big deal. They are still a powerhouse,” wrote Rohit Sharma.

Rohit Sharma eyes his own redemption

While Real Madrid are now out of the Champions League, Rohit will be eyeing a successful season in the upcoming Indian Premier League. Rohit and his team Mumbai Indians had a forgettable last season. Despite being the defending champions, the three-time IPL winners had managed to win just two of their opening two games. They managed to do well in the second half but eventually finished on fifth.

Rohit himself had a poor season as he managed to score just 286 runs in 14 outings. It was the first time he had failed to score over 300 runs in an IPL season.

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