Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid ends the compelling rivalry between him and Messi.
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Change is in the air as the new La Liga season begins without one of its most emblematic players, Cristiano Ronaldo, and with video technology being introduced for the first time in Spain's top flight.Ronaldo's departure from Real Madrid to Serie A giants Juventus deprives Madrid of one of their best players ever and ends the compelling rivalry between the prolific Portuguese and Barcelona's Lionel Messi which has defined La Liga over the last nine years.Madrid must not only cope without the man who scored 451 goals for them in all competitions and got them out of many holes, they must also adapt to life without hugely popular coach Zinedine Zidane, who walked out after winning a remarkable third Champions League triumph.The huge changes at the Santiago Bernabeu should play into the hands of last year's champions Barcelona, who swept to a Liga and Copa del Rey double and finished a staggering 17 points clear of Madrid.
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