Five years is a long time in football especially when time tears apart the very best teams and when many core players, in the prime back then, have moved to different clubs and retired. For Real Madrid, their historic cycle in the Champions League, has seen plenty of changes and they start the European campaign on Wednesday night with plenty of turnover since last season. They have won three titles since that one back in 2013 and here are the players that remain in the squad and those who have left.
2013's 10+1 survivors: Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Benzema...
Amongst this group, there are plenty of the pillars that hold up Real Madrid today from Sergio Ramos to Gareth Bale along with Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Carvajal, Casemiro, Modric, Isco and Benzema. There is one asterisk, however, beside Casemiro's name. He was loaned out to Porto for the season and the other, Lucas Vazquez ended the season on loan at Espanyol before being brought back in 2015.
14 departures: Casillas, Pepe, Coentrao, Xabi, Cristiano...
On the other hand, 14 of the Real Madrid players who played in that final have left. Casillas went to Porto in 2015, where he remains today. Diego Lopez left for Milan at the end of the season and stayed there until 2016 before moving to Espanyol. Jesús Fernández also went to Levante before moving to Granada, Cádiz and Cultural Leonesa before leaving the country for Cluj in Romania.
Diego Llorente also left and he has since worn the Rayo jersey and Real Sociedad's blue and white. Coentrao left on loan and returned before saying his final farewell this summer. His compatriot, Pepe, also left for Turkey in 2017. Meanwhile, Alvaro Arbeloa left for England in 2016 before retiring after a year.
Xabi Alonso left for Bayern before retiring and Sami Khedira left for Juventus where he remains. Illarramendi went back to Real Sociedad in 2015 to regain his form while Özil has spent the last five years at Arsenal. Di Maria has spent time with Manchester United and PSG where he is currently playing.
Morata left for Juventus before returning and then going to Chelsea. Willian Jose, who played one game that year left for Real Zaragoza at the end of the season and is now playing at Real Sociedad. Jese tried his luck at PSG and then Stoke City on loan before returning to Paris where he is not in Thomas Tuchel's plans. Finally, and most importantly perhaps, is Cristiano Ronaldo. The main man for so long, Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus in the summer.