Real Madrid: How Champions League holders crashed out against Ajax

Real Madrid’s 1,011-day reign as European champions is over.

Two years, nine months and five days since they beat fellow La Liga side Atletico Madrid in the 2016 final in Milan, they have finally been eliminated from Europe’s premier club competition after three title wins in a row.

Santiago Solari’s side saw their 2-1 first-leg lead overturned in emphatic fashion, as Dutch side Ajax claimed a stunning and deserved 4-1 victory at the Bernabeu.

Despite only being in charge for 113 days, Solari has overseen Real’s two heaviest home Champions League defeats, with this coming after the 3-0 defeat by CSKA Moscow in December.

And Tuesday’s result comes six days after they were eliminated from the Copa del Rey by fierce rivals Barcelona, whom they trail by 12 points in La Liga.

BBC Sport looks at the stats behind Real’s remarkable run and the fallout from Tuesday’s chastening loss…

No Ronaldo, no Champions League

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For the first time since May 2015 – a run stretching 46 months – Real Madrid are out of the Champions League.

They have a remarkable record since the start of the 2015-16 season, in which they claimed the first of their three successive titles.

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Real had reached at least the semi-finals in every season since they were knocked out in the last 16 by French side Lyon back in 2010, in Cristiano Ronaldo’s first season with the club.

Real Madrid champions league top scorers.

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This year, Real’s top scorer in Europe was striker Karim Benzema with four goals – some way off the pace of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (eight), Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (six) or Ajax’s former Southampton forward Dusan Tadic (also six).