Cristiano Ronaldo has been firmly linked to Italian giants Juventus. Reports from all around Italy suggest that a £88 million move is imminent. According to Goal, the Real Madrid talisman is close to completing a move to the Serie A side, having already reached an agreement over a four-year contract worth £26.5 million per season.
⚪️ Games: 438
⚽️ Goals: 450
🎯 Assists: 119
🏆 🇪🇺 4x UCL
🏆 🇪🇸 2x La Liga
🏆 🇪🇸 2x Copa Del Rey
🏆 🇪🇸 2x Spain Super Cup
🏆 🇪🇸 2x UEFA Super Cup
🏆 🌎 4x Ballon D’or
🏆 👟 3x Golden Shoe
👏 £80m Bargain. pic.twitter.com/7jun3wyCgJ
— SPORF (@Sporf) July 6, 2018
Now, with the 5-time Ballon d’Or and Champions League winner on the verge of leaving the Bernabeu, Los Blancos will be looking for someone who can fill the Ronaldo-shaped void in the club.
Here, we pick 3 players who could fill his boots at Madrid.
Neymar, a FIFA Confederations Cup winner and Olympic gold medallist, scored 2 goals and provided an assist in his 5 matches for Brazil in the 2018 World Cup but failed to take his country as they were as they were knocked out by a powerful Belgium side. This Paris Saint-Germain forward also won the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup title with former club Barcelona.
After Brazil beat Mexico, Neymar said they "talked too much, and they are going home"…🤐 pic.twitter.com/GxI8N8FtBq
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 7, 2018
Last season with PSG, Neymar scored 19 goals(3rd highest) and provided 13 assists(highest), 2.1 shots on target/match(highest), 7.1 dribbles/match (highest) in just 20 appearances and was awarded the Ligue 1’s Best Player award. Who knows what he could have done had he not been injured for the latter half of the season.
The PSG talisman has been linked to Real Madrid for quite some time now and the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo might be the perfect incentive for Madrid to go all in for the Brazillian.
Pacy, skillful and a master of both creating and scoring goals, Hazard is one of the most exciting attackers in world football. The Chelsea star is currently playing at the World Cup with Belgium and has already registered 2 goals and 2 assists in his 4 appearances in the World Cup.
Hazard's 10 take-ons were the most by a player with an 100% success-rate in a single #WorldCup game (since 1966).
You're a wizard, Hazard. 🧙 pic.twitter.com/2JlpQlVopX
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 6, 2018
Although he wasn’t at his best in the Premier League last season, he still managed to register 12 goals and 4 assists for a largely underwhelming Chelsea side. The skillful attacker has been linked to Madrid for years now, and the departure of Ronaldo could prove to be the catalyst to the transfer.
Mbappe was in sensational form last season with PSG scoring 13 goals and making 7 assists in his 25 starts for the club in Ligue 1.
The 19-year old has been nothing short of extraordinary this World Cup. Mbappe has already scored 3 goals in his 4 starts for France. The young superstar was especially phenomenal against the Argentinians, winning a penalty and scoring a brace in a match that ended 4-3.
Total goals at the age of 19 years and six months.
Lionel Messi: 14
Cristiano Ronaldo: 13
Mbappe: 55 pic.twitter.com/1eoYh62aqP
— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) July 7, 2018
Mbappe still has a lot of room for development and if he were to get a crucial spot in Madrid, there’s no saying how far the golden boy could go.