The first 10 games of the season are played and you still don’t really know how to assess Real Madrid. Top of La Liga and still undefeated, but a complete mess in the Champions League. Even though Los Blancos are the leaders of La Liga, it’s not all as convincing as it looks like. A few scrappy wins and points dropped in games where Real Madrid should walk away with all 3 points. However, it’s still a big improvement compared to last season and that was always the priority.
We decided to rate every Real Madrid player from 1-10 with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best.
Thibaut Courtois 4/10
Following a difficult first season, many were full of optimism that the Belgian shot stopper would finally return to his best self, which unfortunately wasn’t the case. 11 goals conceded in 8 games and quite few of them looked very much savable.
Alphonse Areola 3/10
The Frenchman only played two and a half games so far for Real Madrid and didn’t have many opportunities yet to show his ambition for being the number one goalkeeper. It would’ve been a higher rating if it wasn’t for his huge mistake against Granada on Saturday which resulted in a penalty that he wasn’t able to save.
Dani Carvajal 6/10
After a slow start to the season, the right-back got better and better with each game. Having made 3 assists already in La Liga, Carvajal is on a good way to reach his best level again.
Alvaro Odriozola 4/10
Alvaro started the season in the worst possible way with a horrendous display against Celta Vigo on the opening La Liga matchday and has been ignored by Zidane in the following weeks. But the Spaniard got his chances against Osasuna and Granada and put in two great performances including an assist in the last game.
Raphael Varane 7/10
Varane has been looking for his old form since the beginning of last season and he’s getting closer and closer to finding it. The only problems that remains are the goals that Real Madrid keep conceding and the performances when Sergio Ramos isn’t playing next to him.
Sergio Ramos 7/10
Similar to Varane, the captain has played a good season so far, but there is still some way to his best level.
Eder Militao 5/10
Having played only 2 full games and 30 minutes vs Levante so far, it’s not easy to rate the Brazilian. He made his full debut against PSG which ended in a 3-0 defeat which wasn’t really his fault. He then showed promising signs with a great man of the match performance against Osasuna.
The Spaniard has been ignored by Zidane for most of the season until Marcelo and Mendy were both injured. Nacho had to play the left-back role and did a decent job, but had to get substituted at half-time against Brugge and will be sidelined for the next 2-3 months with an injury.
Marcelo started the season quite well with a great performance against Celta Vigo on matchday 1 of La Liga. He’s had some ups and downs in the following games until he had to sit out the last few weeks with a muscle injury. He gave his comeback against Brugge with a solid second half performance but missed the following game against Granade due to some discomfort.
Ferland Mendy 5/10
Another player who has only played 3 games so far mainly down to injuries, but in those 3 games he showed what a beast he is in 1 vs 1 duels. Attacking wise there is still room for improvement.
Probably the player of the season so far. Casemiro started all 10 games and only got 30 minutes rest so far against Levante thanks to Real Madrid not buying a back-up for him. You don’t want to imagine what happens when he gets injured. The Brazilian has been racking up great performances and even scored 2 and assisted 1 goal.
Toni Kroos 8/10
The next one who started all 10 games so far this season, but he won’t start the next games. After playing almost every minute, Kroos has been forced off with an injured against Granada and is now out for 2-3 weeks. But the midfield maestro has been rock solid so far this season. More than 92% successful passes in both La Liga and Champions League and 1 goal and 2 assists on top of that.
Luka Modric 3/10
The Croatian has only managed to play 1 full game so far this season against Brugge and is yet to find his best form. A red card in the first game of the season and a little muscle injury kept him out for half of the games. The number 10 has shown two different sides of him this season. A horrible mistake against Brugge which led to a goal, a golazo and an overall great performance against Granada just 4 days later.
Federico Valverde 6/10
Could he be the one to end the Modric-Casemiro-Kroos era? The Castilla graduate didn’t feature much in the first few games, but he has started the last 3 La Liga games and he delivered. 3 great performances and a superb display against Granada including an assist which earned him the man of the match award. It would be cruel to drop him again after his latest performances.
The Spaniard has played only 104 minutes so far this season due to an injury which kept him out for over a month. No goal involvements so far.
James Rodriguez 6/10
The chances of him staying at Real Madrid before the summer? Probably 1%. But he’s still here and everyone loves it including him. Due to many injures, he got his chances early on in the season and he has shown great performances. Creating chances, fighting for every ball as well as 1 assist and 1 goal so far.
Gareth Bale 7/10
Same here. No one imagined to see him playing for Real Madrid ever again, but he stayed and Zidane trusted him and the Welshman has paid it back with good performances. 2 goals and 2 assists so far, but still room for improvement.
Lucas Vazquez 2/10
Let’s be honest here. Lucas has probably been the worst player so far. A great person and a true Madridista, but the level he has shown is just not good enough anymore for Real Madrid. He started the season with a goal against Celta Vigo, but since then it got worse and worse with each game he played which finally resulted into Zidane not calling him up for the Granada game.
Luka Jovic 3/10
Very hard to judge. The new signing is still looking for his first Real Madrid goal, but he didn’t have much time so far to find it. The striker played only 218 minutes this season.
Karim Benzema 8/10
Benzema continues where he left off last season. 6 goals in 7 La Liga games is a pretty remarkable outcome so far for the Frenchman. One of the best players for Real Madrid this season.
It’s not possible to give him a rating after having played only 20 minutes this season against Osasuna. But in those 20 minutes he showed what he’s capable of. A fantastic debut goal just 90 seconds after coming on. There is a lot more to come in the future from this young man.
Vinicius Junior 3/10
With the arrival of Eden Hazard, it was always going to be a difficult season for the young Brazilian. He lost his place in the starting line up and therefore doesn’t have many opportunities anymore to show his talent. Lacking minutes is a huge problem for a player like him who needs to play regular to continue his development. His biggest weakness remains to be the end product — Only 1 goal and 1 assist for Vinicius so far. And as if things weren’t bad enough already, Zidane decided to drop Vinicius from the matchday squad for the latest game against Granada.
Eden Hazard 5/10
It was THE transfer of the summer. Eden Hazard finally got his dream move, but the first few months were anything but a dream for the Belgian. He arrived at the trainings centre with some kilos too many and had a difficult pre-season. Then when everyone was eagerly waiting for his official debut, Hazard suffered a hamstring injury in training and was out for the first few weeks of the season. He finally made his debut against Levante in September, but the first few games didn’t go to plan for the winger. No goals, no assists, not many dribblings, simple not the Hazard everyone knows. But his first goal for the club finally came last weekend against Granada, as well as an assist. And as you say, all good things take time, so there is optimism for more from Eden Hazard.
Mariano Diaz N/A
Mariano didn’t play a single minute so far this season and is unlikely to do so in the coming months.
Brahim Diaz N/A
The same as for Mariano. Brahim didn’t get any call up from Zidane so far despite showing his quality in the last few games of the 2018/19 season under Zinedine Zidane.
Marco Asensio N/A
Marco is still recovering from his ACL injury which he suffered in pre-season. He’s expected to be back at the end of the season if everything goes to plan.