Having returned to Europe last summer following a one-season stint with the Denver Nuggets in the NBA, Petr Cornelie ended up becoming a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion with Real Madrid. The 27-year-old Frenchman largely had a reserve role for Los Blancos in his first year in the EuroLeague, playing 33 games and averaging 5.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and a 6.7 PIR in 14:33 on the floor. While Cornelie did not feature at the Final Four, he was a constant source of support for his teammates as Real became the European champion once again.
The 2022-23 season started well for Cornelie, who had 12 points on the road at FC Barcelona in Round 2 and 11 points against Olympiacos Piraeus in Round 3. That was followed by 7 points in Round 4 and 9 points in Round 5, as the forward's sharpshooting from three-point territory started to become known right across Europe. There was a 10-point night against Valencia Basket in Round 10 that stood out, but it wasn’t until Round 16 that he rediscovered his best performances. After scoring 9 points and grabbing 5 rebounds against Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, Cornelie went on to score a season-high 18 points against Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv in Round 17 and then 12 in Round 18 against Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade.