In one of the shocking transfer moves of the past decade, Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid for Serie A giants Juventus in a £105m move.
Real Madrid is now tasked with replacing Ronaldo but who should they sign. We look at five candidates.
Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid after a successful and trophy-laden nine years at the La Liga side where he scored 450 goals from 438 games including 44 hat-tricks.
Ronaldo at Real Madrid last season
This move is expected to trigger another big signing from Real Madrid in a bid to replace Ronaldo.
But who can replace the superstar at Real Madrid, we look at five candidates.
1. Mohammad Sallah
Mohammad Sallah should be a great replacement for the World Best Player Ronaldo after winning the Golden Booth in England and also the PFA in his debut season in Liverpool.
Sallah is a big contender of the over-all highest goal scorer in the 2017/2018 season but later lost to Lionel Messi after coming second. But we can’t judge with a single season until he repeats this next season.
Formal Real Madrid Boss Zidane has an eye on the striker before the end of the season but later resign after winning his third Champions League.
Neymar is the obsession of Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, even though he tries to deny it and the Brazilian is his number one choice to replace Ronaldo.
Although a world-class player with undeniable talent, Neymar has not shown that he can provide the similar number of goals like Ronaldo but a commercial juggernaut himself, the merchandising value he brings can match that of the Portugal star.
But getting a player of such importance from Paris Saint-Germain is almost impossible. PSG don’t sell a player they want to keep, not to Real Madrid or Barcelona or any other club. So getting Neymar might be Sisyphean.
3. Kylian Mbappe
Real Madrid were one of the sides interested in the teenage sensation after his breakout 2016/2017 season with Real Madrid but he ended up at Paris Saint-Germain.
At 19, Mbappe is not yet at the level of Ronaldo but his incredible performances at the World Cup so far and his obvious talent mean he can be a long-term replacement for his idol.
His commercial value still doesn’t match up to that of Ronaldo and Neymar but a move to Real Madrid along with his potential, it will be just a matter of time before his brand starts raking in the money.
Like Neymar, getting a player of Mbappe’s status from Paris Saint-Germain would almost be unattainable.
4. Eden Hazard
One of most linked players to Real Madrid in recent years, Eden Hazard and Real Madrid have flirted with each other for some time now.
With Ronaldo now gone, Hazard fits the profile to be the next Galactico Perez badly wants at Real Madrid.
Eden’s game is not built on goals, one of the flaws of the game, but with his dribbling abilities and pace, he can be one of the cores of a new Real Madrid team.
The unsure situation at Chelsea ahead of the new season means he could be easy for Real Madrid to get.
5. Harry Kane
One of the best strikers in world football for the last three years, Harry Kane is a proven goalscorer that can replace Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
He doesn’t in anyway match up to Ronaldo, but what he lacks in status and commercial value, he can provide with goals for Real Madrid.
Despite how difficult it is to get players from Tottenham, Perez has done business in the past with Spurs chief Daniel Levy and that relationship could be key here.
So let’s hear from you
Which One Of This Players Can Replace Ronaldo In Real Madrid?
For me: I think Kane should be the best replacement because he has been consistent and Independent
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