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Spaninish giants Real Madrid record lowest home crowd...See reasons

Spaninish giants Real Madrid record lowest home crowd...See reasons
Real Madrid saw their lowest home crowd since the start of the Cristiano Ronaldoera on Sunday in their first league match since selling the Portuguese superstar. 

Just 48,466 fans turned out at Madrid's 81,000-seater Santiago Bernabeu to see Julen Lopetegui's side begin their La Liga campaign with a 2-0 victory over Getafe.

The attendance was the lowest for a La Liga game at the famous stadium since Madrid's final home match of the 2008-09 campaign, a 3-1 defeat by Mallorca.

That match was also the last league game before Ronaldo's £80million arrival from Manchester United in the summer of 2009 and completed a run of five straight defeats for Madrid.

However, it may not just have been Ronaldo's departure that influenced why there was a significant lack of fans at the game on Sunday.

The league encounter kicked off at the very late local time of 10:15pm, with Toni Kroos taking to Twitter to reveal his displeasure.

The Germany international posted a picture on Twitter of him looking very bleary-eyed, alongside the caption: 'I am happier than it seems, but usually I am asleep at this time.'

Meanwhile, after nine seasons and 450 goals for Madrid, five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo left to join Italian champions Juventus in an £88m deal last month.

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