After their 2014 UEFA Champions League triumph, the trio of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, and Cristiano Rolando has never been the same. That season, they humiliated every team and every defence they faced. It was Carlo Ancelotti’s first season in charge in which the Los Blancos scooped a Copa Del Rey and UCL double.
The following season, however, many of Madrid’s first team players suffered from serious injuries. The likes of Modric, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, and more were sidelined due to various injury problems. Gareth Bale and Benzema were part of the sidelined players leaving Ronaldo as the only member of the formidable BBC attack. The Portuguese saw himself sharing the pitch with up and coming youngsters such as Jese and Luca Vazquez. Madrid were below their usual level and getting humiliated 4-0 by noisy neighbours Atletico. Ronaldo went on to say Jese and Vazquez were “not good enough.”
If you remember, this was 2015 when the MSN was the deadliest attack. Messi, Suarez, and Neymar took on the football world with skill, dribble, and pace. BBC were torn apart with two members suffering from injuries, and the remaining one having to play with average players, according to his standard.
While Madrid won nothing in 2015, they came back in 2016 to win the UCL and did the same in 2017 becoming the first team to ever do so. It is easy to think the trio of Bale, Benzema, Cristiano were integral to the success of the team because they seem to be the stars of Madrid attack. However, in 2016, the important figures for Madrid were Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, and Cristiano Ronaldo. In 2017, Ramos played a huge role. Yet, Ronaldo, Modric, and skillful youngster Marco Asensio were the backbone of the team that beat an organised Juventus 4-1 in the final.
Following their 4-0 win against Deportivo, the Press are at it again, with viral titles like “Is the BBC Back?” In that particular match, every member of the BBC scored at least one goal despite Zinedine Zidane deploying them in different positions as we used to know them. Ronaldo was the captain of the day, and he was graceful enough to gift Benzema his penalty which could have seen him score a hat-trick that day, while also scoring 300 La Liga goals. It was a much needed confidence boost for Benzema who could have scored a hat-trick himself if luck was on his side.
Despite that the season is almost coning to an end, it is too early to say the BBC is back. They haven’t played together for that long, and the match against Deportivo marked the first time in 3 years that all three players will be present together on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes. Until we see them together for more matches and scoring goals like they did in 2014, it’s hard to say they are back.