Real Madrid demonstrated their potential to enjoy life after Cristiano Ronaldo by thumping his new team Juventus 3-1 in the International Champions Cup on Saturday.
Ronaldo brought a glittering nine-year stay at the Santiago Bernabeu to a close when he sealed a big-money transfer to the Serie A title-holders in July.
The 33-year-old was not involved in the pre-season exhibition match at FedEx Field, as he recovers from his exertions with Portugal at the World Cup.
While they are still adjusting to the concept of being without the imperious five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Madrid capitalised on his absence from the Bianconeri line-up by brushing aside Massimiliano Allegri’s men in the United States.
A Dani Carvajal own-goal had given La Signora the lead, but Gareth Bale’s blistering equaliser saw the teams go in level at the break.
And the Liga giants ran rampant in the second half, Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior impressing off the bench as fellow substitute Marco Asensio struck twice to seal a comfortable win.