Real Madrid: Best player, best goal and best performance of 2014/15

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Despite Carlo Ancelotti having the best win percentage (75%) of any Real Madrid manager in history, and despite going on a 22-match winning run earlier in the season, 2014/15 ended in bitter disappointment for the Italian.

For manager, players and fans alike, no one could have foreseen at Christmas time that Real would end up trophy-less whilst arch-rivals Barcelona went on to win the treble.

Just twelve months after bring home 'La Decima,' the much-vaunted 10th European Cup/Champions League, Ancelotti fell on his sword.

Yet there was still much to admire during the course of the campaign.

Let's take a look at Real Madrid's best player, best goal, and best performance of 2014/15...

Best player

It's no surprise to anyone that Cristiano Ronaldo is once again the player of the season for Real.

Despite a reputation for selfishness on the pitch, manifesting itself in not celebrating goals that he doesn't score himself for example, there is no denying the quality of the Portuguese. Throughout the campaign Ronaldo has been head and shoulders, metaphorically and literally, above his team mates.

Eight hat-tricks in one season give an indication as to his prowess and goes some way to explaining a seasonal total of 59 goals in all competitions. A total of 19 assists has been largely forgotten.

In a season of team disappointment, Ronaldo can at least hold his head high.

Best goal

Ronaldo might have taken UEFA's best goal for his strike against Liverpool but he loses out here. There can't have been too many purer strikes that James Rodriguez's against Almeria.

A lofted ball forward from Toni Kroos was only partially cleared and despite the close presence of a couple of defenders, the Columbian burst forward to smash the ball into the top corner on the half volley.

The ball was struck so cleanly that the keeper never had a chance to get near it. Super finish.

Best performance

In a season where you score 118 league goals yet still lose the title, there is always going to be question marks. Yet one performance ranks above any other.

Real had just lost El Clasico so Granada were always going to feel the backlash and, it's fair to say, weren't in the best form when they arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu. But to ship nine goals was surely beyond anyone's expectations.

Madrid were incredible from start to finish with no room for sentiment and no let up in their attacking intent throughout. Chief destroyer was Ronaldo with a five-goal haul but the completeness of the performance throughout the side would've pleased Ancelotti.

Two assists and a goal from Gareth Bale, two assists from James Rodriguez, a goal from Karim Benzema. Vintage Real.

Football fans, will Real be back to their best next season or did the board make a mistake by sacking Ancelotti? Let us know in the comments box below.

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