NEWS | 25/03/2017 | Javier GarcíaThe pair are the first two squad members to have racked up over 3,000 minutes this term.
Zinedine Zidane has stated on numerous occasions: "I've got a squad of 24 players and they're all important", a point proved by the fact that the Whites' coach has handed every member of his squad - barring Rubén Yáñez - some playing time during the first three months of the year. Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo are the first two madridistas to have surpassed the 3,000-minute mark this term.
The German midfielder has amassed 3,080 minutes in his 36 outings, whilst the Portuguese attacker has racked up 3,022 minutes of playing time across his 24 appearances. Both players are enjoying an influential role in a campaign in which Real Madrid have lifted the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup and are in the hunt for the LaLiga and Champions League crowns.
Interestingly enough, neither Kroos or Cristiano can lay claim to being the team's highest appearance-maker this campaign, with that particular distinction going to Lucas Vázquez, who has featured in 38 games. In terms of playing time, four of the squad's defence are next in line to clock up over 3,000 minutes. Dani Carvajal is currently on 2,855 minutes, whilst Raphaël Varane, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos have all racked up over 2,700 minutes.