The news that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Spain has shocked Real Madrid, but if Los Blancos do see the 32-year-old walk through the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu exit door, who could they sign to replace him?
That is a debate being had across the country and this is how some of MARCA’s experts would answer that question.
Florentino Perez has long wanted to sign Neymar and that past flirting could be reignited if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves.
Los Blancos could offer the Brazilian the opportunity to be the team’s star, so he would be able to move out of Lionel Messi’s shadow.
His release clause of 200 million euros could be met, using the money earned by the sale of Ronaldo.
No player has a better chance of dominating the sport over the next decade than Kylian Mbappe.
The No.9 could match the stratospheric numbers of Ronaldo, having already shown glimpses of just how great he can be.
Robert Lewandowski and Antoine Griezmann cannot match him in terms of his young age and projection, while Neymar and Paulo Dybala lack the goalscoring touch Mbapppe has shown.
In a post-Ronaldo Real Madrid world, the team would need someone to come up with the Portugal captain’s goals and Lewandowski is capable of performing football’s most difficult task, of scoring.
There is plenty of evidence to show he can finish and he could also hit the ground running straight away, something Real Madrid need to consider.
Griezmann has a release clause of 100 million euros and he has already made noises about leaving Atletico this summer.
It’s hard to know whether the player would be keen on a cross-city move, but he has said he is keen to win titles and would be offered the chance to co-pilot the European champions.
Dybala’s calling is to become one of football’s best and the Argentine has talent, class and youth on his side.
Already this has been shown at Juventus and he could take the next step at Real Madrid.