5 top candidates to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid
Can a player like Cristiano Ronaldo be replaced? The 450 goals in 438 games brand is not the type of scorer you pick up at the mini-mart.
Regardless, life goes on; Real Madrid must play the 2018/19 season not only without Zinedine Zidane in the technical area but without the Portuguese megastar in the opponents 18-yard box. Cristiano Ronaldo. Before being sacked unceremoniously on the eve of the World Cup, Julen Lopetegui steered the Spanish national team back towards dominance. That was a team laden in talent, much of it stocked by the capital club. It seems reasonable he could do the same thing at the Santiago Bernabeu, which is likely why RM president Florentino Perez hired him.
Lopetegui's first order of business will be to identify a central forward. To approach Ronaldo's level, that search will take place in the transfer market. Here are five players heavily touted as a potential solution.