Top 5 replacements for Cristiano Ronaldo at Real MadridJuly 10, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid in a move that has shocked the world and left the Spanish giants with a hole in their side.
The Portugal international ended a nine-year stay at Los Blancos in which he became their record goalscorer and won 15 trophies in that time, including four Champions League titles.
Ronaldo’s ability to drag his team along and play in multiple positions will leave Julen Lopetegui and the Real Madrid hierarchy scratching their heads to decide the best player to replace their famous number seven.
Here are five possible replacements for Ronaldo…
Beginning with the most obvious and most hyped, Neymar only left Barcelona 12 months ago, but there is already talk he will return to Spain this summer.
Another world record transfer would likely need to happen to take the Brazilian to the Santiago Bernabeu, after he was involved in 43 goals for Paris Saint-Germain last season, despite spending the final three months injured.
However, a poor World Cup may work against him in a potential deal to Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo played centrally for the large part of his final few years at the Santiago Bernabeu and Kane would be the perfect replacement.
The England star may not have the Portuguese’s pace but his positioning and finishing are among the best in the world.
With aerial ability and already a sensational goalscorer, 24-year-old Kane has the years on him to become a mainstay at Real Madrid for the foreseeable future.
Hazard has long been a target for Real Madrid, with his incredible creativity and dribbling causing problems for Premier League defences for the past six years.
Like Kane, Hazard is enjoying a stellar World Cup and showing that the inconsistency from a few seasons ago has long gone.
While the Belgian will still command a fee of around £100 million, he will be significantly cheaper than Neymar and Kane.
It is frightening to think that this French wonderkid is only 19.
Mbappe has grown quickly in the past two years, spending the last campaign at PSG alongside Neymar, while showing his quality and talent on the big stage at the world stage.
Despite only completing a deal to permanently join the French champions, the young attacker could be on the move again, with Financial Fair Play concerns, and Real Madrid could have a world-class player for at least a decade.
With Robert Lewandowski looking more likely to stay at Bayern Munich, Icardi presents another lethal striking option who is coming off the back of another successful season.
The Argentine finished second in Serie A’s top scoring charts with 29 goals, only let down by his assists.
Yet, he represents another all-round talent, who could shine with the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio providing for him.