Real Madrid 2015/2016 home shirt – The Cristiano Ronaldo show!

The 2015/2016 season was the seventh consecutive season that Cristiano Ronaldo played for Real Madrid. The club from the Spanish capital won the Champions League in this season by beating the other team from the same city: Atlético Madrid. What’s more classic than a white Real Madrid 2015/2016 home shirt with Ronaldo on the back? Read more about this shirt in this blog.

The design

General

The Real Madrid 2015/2016 home shirt is a classic Real Madrid shirt because it’s mainly white. The Adidas stripes on this long sleeve kit are light grey, starting at the height of the collar going all down to the sleeve cuffs. This home shirt is a good example of one of the Adidas templates in the 2015/2016 season which was used for Olympique Marseille and Bayern Munich. This template gives us classic vibes because of the prominent presence of the three Adidas stripes all over the sleeves of the shirt. Also, long sleeve shirts are nowadays not as common as they used to be a few seasons ago. It looks like Adidas really wanted to do something special with the three stripes, which is their trademark. The fact that the stripes are light gray instead of a flashy color, give the shirt a classic look.

The Adidas logo (embroidered) is dark grey, just like the Fly Emirates sponsor on the shirt. The Real Madrid logo is heat pressed onto the kit. The collar and sleeve cuffs use the same design. At the bottom of the shirt, we can find a small ‘RMCF’ detail, which is a reference to Real Madrid Club de Fútbol.

Real Madrid 2015/2016 home shirt
The Real Madrid 2015/2016 home shirt
Patches

When it comes to patches, there is nothing special about the version I have. As you can see, the La Liga patch is embroidered. Nowadays, the La Liga patches on fans version shirts are heat transferred too. In previous seasons, these patches used to be embroidered. Only the player version shirts had heat transferred La Liga patches. LFP means Liga de Fútbol Profesional (professional football league in Spanish). The LFP or La Liga patch contains 7 colors inspired by the rainbow. Nowadays, the patch says ‘La Liga’ instead of ‘LFP’. Besides that, the LFP patch used to be rectangular, while the upper part of the La Liga patch has a circular shape.

LFP patch
The old, embroidered LFP patch

The small, golden patch in the middle of the front of the shirt is the Fifa Club World Champions patch. The Fifa Club World Champions tournament includes 7 teams that won the Champions League of their continent. This means that every participating team represents one continent. Real Madrid won the European Champions League in the 2013/2014 season. Los Blancos beat the Argentinian team San Lorenzo in the final of the tournament. This win gave them their first Fifa World Cup Champions patch, hence the golden patch on this shirt.

Fifa Club World Champions 2014 patch
The Fifa Club World Champions 2014 patch
Nameset

The Ronaldo name set has the same gray color as the Adidas logo and Fly Emirates sponsor. The Real Madrid 2015/2016 home shirt boasts a number that has different layers because of the different lines. This creates a cool depth effect in the number 7. The number has a small, white Real Madrid logo in it as well. One line continues outside and above the number, giving the 7 an extra dimension.

Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid

2009-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo, also known as CR7, joined Real Madrid in 2009 after having played 6 years for Manchester United. During his first season at Real Madrid, he wore number 9 because Raúl, the captain at that time, wore number 7 already. He scored his first La Liga goal agains Deportivo de La Coruña. The Portuguese super star scored his first Champions League goal for Los Blancos against FC Zürich. Cristiano scored a total of 33 goals in 35 matches at the end of his first season in Madrid.

When Raúl left, Ronaldo took the number 7. The beginning of Mourinho’s trainership at Real Madrid was an important development in Cristiano’s career. This was the beginning of one of the best periods in football ever. Ronaldo scored 4 goals in one match (against Racing de Santander) for the first time in his career. Some more important hattricks and goals followed, which gave him a second place for the Ballon D’or prize in 2011. He won his first La Liga title in 2012 with Real Madrid, and he scored 46 (!) goals in this (2011/2012) season.

2012-2016

The Ancelotti era is probably an era not many of us will forget. Cristiano won his second Ballon D’or trophy because he scored 69 goals in 59 matches in the year 2013. Also, Real Madrid won their 10th Champions League title, La Décima, in 2014. Los Blancos had been really strong during the 2013/2014 season thanks to Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo (BBC). The following season (2014/2015), Ronaldo won his second consecutive (3rd in total) Ballon D’or 2014. This was well-deserve, because he would score 61 goals in one season. A personal record many footballers can only dream of.

The 2015/2016 season is a season I can remember clearly. Ancelotti got replaced for Rafa Benitez and Cristiano scored a total of 300 goals in total for Real Madrid. Also, he won his second Champions League trophy with Los Blancos, also known as La Undécima (the 11th Champions League title). Rafa Benitez left the club in March 2016, and the legendary Frenchman Zinedine Zidane became their new coach. Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid in an absolute thrilling final, that was decided by a penalty shootout. Ronaldo scored the winning penalty, took off his shirt and screamed loudly. This win was the beginning of a historical record in the 21st century: Real Madrid would win the Champions League 3 times in a row.

Ronaldo and his number 7
Ronaldo and the number 7… Name a better love story? 🙂
2016-2018

In the 2016/2017 season, Ronaldo scored his 400th goal for Real Madrid and he won his 4th Ballon D’or in 2016. Real Madrid played the Champions League final against Juventus that season. Cristiano scored one goal, and Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1. The following season (2017/2018) was even more special. CR7 scored a historical bicycle kick goal versus Juventus in the quarter finals of the Champions League. Also, Ronaldo won his 5th Ballon D’or in the winter of 2017. Real Madrid made it to the final that season, where they beat Liverpool 3-1. This 3rd consecutive Champions League win was the end of an era: Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid.

Final thoughts and my opinion

This might sound a bit exaggerated, but I think my generation (born in the late 90s) has been really lucky because we grew up while watching a rising star hit his greatest potential ever. I’m not a Real Madrid fan, but Cristiano has always been a player that amazed me. He’s fast, strong, his playing style is unique, and he always showed what he’s capable of in important matches. His killer mentality led him to many titles and personal records. Besides that, he’s the perfect example of someone who worked really hard to become one of the best football players ever.

I normally don’t really like ‘simple’ shirts, but the Real Madrid 2015/2016 home shirt is very classy. The long sleeves with their light gray stripes on it look great. Also, Ronaldo used to wear long sleeve shirts quite often. This classic shirt reminds me of the 2015/2016 Champions League final. As you all know, this was the start of a historical Real Madrid era. Since Ronaldo’s name will always be linked to Real Madrid, I just needed the white home shirt. The color white is obviously an important element of Los Blancos. The fact that this shirt has one of their best players on the back is just a finishing touch. The Real Madrid 2015/2016 home shirt combines class and the club’s authenticity. My rating: 8/10.

Are you looking for a Real Madrid shirt?

If you made it this far, you may be interested to find a Real Madrid shirt for yourself. Maybe you are looking for the same shirt as I have, or a shirt from another season. I recommend checking out a great collection of Real Madrid shirts at Classic Football Shirts! They also have the Real Madrid 2015/2016 home shirt at this moment.

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