Fan Opinion: Who can replace Ronaldo among Real Madrid current players?
Real Madrid Live user Quicksilver Re discusses how the club could replace the Portuguese star without any new additions
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Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the most important players for Real Madrid’s recent success in the last few years. He has been the most prolific forward that Real Madrid have ever had with 450 goals since he joined from Manchester United. He was one of the key players in the team that won three consecutive Champions League titles. However, his departure to Juventus left Lopetegui’s side without a reliable replacement: inconsistent Karim Benzema, inexperienced Borja Mayoral and injury-prone Gareth Bale.
When Ronaldo completed his move, many were expecting Florentino Perez to spend hundreds of millions to pursue several stars such as Neymar, Kyllian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Mauro Icardi and even Eden Hazard which now seems unlikely to happen as the club are more likely to trust their current players, especially the youngsters. But who can be Cristiano Ronaldo's successor in the coming seasons?
Bale is the strongest candidate to replace Cristiano. After five seasons in Ronaldo’s shadow, it is the perfect time for him to prove himself as the key player. He was the second top scorer for Real Madrid last season despite a limited playing time due to the injury that cost him the regular place in the starting eleven under Zinedine Zidane. Now with the new manager entrusting him a more important role next season, we will probably see Gareth Bale become the world-class player he was in his first season with Real Madrid if he overcomes his injury problems.
Another candidate is the former Malaguista, Isco Alarcon. Isco has established himself as an important player in Real Madrid’s Champions League triumphs. Despite helping his team won many trophies, many still criticized Isco because he couldn’t replicate his amazing performance of 2016/17. It is believed that Isco holds the ball too much and slows down the team, but it was a different story when he played for the national team.
Isco was given a key role in Lopetegui's Spain and showed consistent performance and scored many important goals. It is known well that Madrid's new manager and Isco have a close relationship: Lopetegui is the man who was able to get the best out of Isco when he managed Spain U-21 team and Spain senior side. With Julen being the man in charge now, we may see the best version of Isco, the one he showed in the national team, or possibly, even better. Perhaps, we will not see Isco become a goal poacher who will score like Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale, but under the favourite coach who will give him the continuity he needs, it is clear that he will only get better.
Asensio is considered a future of Real Madrid and Spain. His preferred positon is a left winger but he can also play as a right winger and attacking midfielder. The Spaniard was not a regular player in the starting lineup last season only managing a total of 32 appearances in La Liga with 13 of them coming off the bench in which he scored 6 goals and provided 5 assists. He has a total of 11 goals and 6 assists with Real Madrid last season and was an important part in the last two Champions League victories.
Real Madrid management observe the development of the player and, perhaps, Asensio is one of the reasons why the club decided to let young players grow into new stars rather than spend around €200 million on a 27-year-old player from Chelsea who will be past his prime in a few years. Real Madrid learned their lesson by spending a huge amount of money on Kaka who arrived from Milan at 27 years old. Instead of buying a superstar to replace Ronaldo, it may be wise to let young stars develop and realize their potential, and Asensio is one of the players who should get the chance to shine.
Before completing his move to Real Madrid, Vinicius Jr had a total of 10 goals and 4 assists in 49 appearances for Flamengo being younger than 18 years old. In Brasileiro Serie A 2018, the winger has featured in 12 games, scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists to his name also having 2 goals in 5 appearances in Copa Libertadores.
The 18-year-old Brazilian is compared to Neymar for his playing style. He is a natural left winger who likes to cut inside to tear up the opponent’s defense with his skills and storming runs. He is also a fast player with excellent dribble ability. He is dubbed as a next big thing and has a high potential to be one of the best in the future.
Vinicius impressed during his first training with Real Madrid and showed some great moves against Manchester United. He is still a very young player and has a lot of time to develop. The Brazilian needs to get more mature and improve his physical aspect so he can compete in Europe. Once he gets enough experience and adapts well in Spain, we may witness Vinicius becoming a truly great player right in front of us.
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