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2012 started with Madrid getting knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Barcelona.
Two months later they dropped points in three matches in three weeks and were on the verge of losing their enormous lead in la Liga.
Cristiano Ronaldo rallied the team with a huge game against Atletico Madrid, but his streaky play has not created that same atmosphere this season.
Ronaldo the Savior?
The Portuguese has drawn plenty of attention to himself this season, sometimes at the expense of his teammates.
He started by saying he is unhappy at the club. Some thought the superstar might even leave. While those stories ended, the team never really improved on the pitch.
Then rumors spread that there was a divide between the Portuguese and Spanish players on the team—a rumor centered around Ronaldo's desire for support in the Ballon d'Or race.
Mourinho the Leader?
A string of losses, draws and disappointments in every competition has since pushed this team to the edge with the team looking for leadership.
It seems leadership is not being found at the top with Jose Mourinho having lost the locker room.
There is still a chance for Madrid to win their most-targeted prize, their 10th Champions League title, but someone needs to step up and rally the team again in order for that to happen.
Honorable Mention: Too much inconsistent play from the star players.