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7 Players Real Madrid Could Look to in a (Possibly Doomed?) Attempt to Replace Cristiano Ronaldo

90min Logo By Sean Drury of 90min | Slide 1 of 7: For various reasons, none of the players on this list are ideally suited to replacing Ronaldo. Icardi and Kane are not the right sort of player; Salah, Neymar and Mbappe would be too expensive; Hazard doesn't score enough goals. Several of those players will become enticing options in the years ahead, but for now they might want to stick rather than twist. So what about Gareth Bale, a player who looked set to leave the club in May but could now find himself presented with the regular starts that he craved so dearly. His outstanding overhead kick in the Champions League final was very Ronaldo-esque, and he's had five years of up-close learning to try and emulate him. It's true that Bale doesn't score as many goals as Ronaldo, but that's because he isn't the focal point. To score 19 goals in 23 games, as he did in 2015/16, is a brilliant strike rate for a player who has had to live in the shadows of his more illustrious colleague. He could improve even further if the team was built around him. It might be that Real Madrid don't actually need a Ronaldo replacement, because they already have one. Much more appropriate would be a Karim Benzema replacement - someone like Icardi - who could replace the goals of Ronaldo by thriving on Bale's service. Hopefully Julen Lopetegui will trust in the Welshman to make the step up.

Gareth Bale

For various reasons, none of the players on this list are ideally suited to replacing Ronaldo. Icardi and Kane are not the right sort of player; Salah, Neymar and Mbappe would be too expensive; Hazard doesn't score enough goals. Several of those players will become enticing options in the years ahead, but for now they might want to stick rather than twist.


So what about Gareth Bale, a player who looked set to leave the club in May but could now find himself presented with the regular starts that he craved so dearly. His outstanding overhead kick in the Champions League final was very Ronaldo-esque, and he's had five years of up-close learning to try and emulate him.


It's true that Bale doesn't score as many goals as Ronaldo, but that's because he isn't the focal point. To score 19 goals in 23 games, as he did in 2015/16, is a brilliant strike rate for a player who has had to live in the shadows of his more illustrious colleague. He could improve even further if the team was built around him.


It might be that Real Madrid don't actually need a Ronaldo replacement, because they already have one. Much more appropriate would be a Karim Benzema replacement - someone like Icardi - who could replace the goals of Ronaldo by thriving on Bale's service. Hopefully Julen Lopetegui will trust in the Welshman to make the step up.

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