Spot the difference: Real Madrid’s team photos from the last two Champions League finals are identical
- Real Madrid’s 2018 Champions League final team photo is identical to 2017’s
- Fans spotted the similarity as players pulled off the exact same poses as last year
- Madrid have shown they are as efficient off the pitch as they are on it
In the wake of Real Madrid’s third successive Champions League victory, some fans have noticed that their team photo from before the match is eerily familiar.
The photo from their 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final is almost identical to the one taken a year early, when they beat Juventus in the 2017 final.
Real Madrid lined up with the same starting eleven for both finals, but the players not only positioned themselves in the same order, they also used the same poses and hand positions.
Real Madrid team photo from before the 2018 Champions League final is identical to 2017
The only thing that differs between years is the colour of the kit, but everything else could be interchangeable.
From Marcelo’s hands on on his team-mates legs, to Luka Modric dipping down slightly lower than the rest, and Cristiano Ronaldo stretching up on his tip-toes.
Real Madrid have shown they are able to replicate their efficiency on and off the pitch, but they are clearly getting used to posing for such photos.
Here they pose with the same eleven in the exact same order and identical hand positions
The spot received quite the reaction on social media, with fans labelling the players as ‘robots’ while others suggested ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’.
Whatever Madrid are doing is clearly working as they claimed their fourth Champions League title in five years and a record thirteenth in total.
Madrid will be looking to continue their streak next season, but with uncertainty around some of their players future a third replica photo may be off the cards.
Ronaldo hinted at his departure following the final before later back tracking, while Karim Benzema has come in for a lot of criticism throughout this season.
Toni Kroos could also be subject to a bid to lure him away from the Bernabeu after Thiago Motta urged Paris Saint-Germain to buy the German midfielder.