3 reasons why Real Madrid don't have to replace Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid is expected to splash the cash to replace Ronaldo, but that may not be necessarily the case.
Juventus made the transfer of the summer so far when they announced the signing of Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo for a fee in the region of £105 million. This deal made heads turn and all eyes were on Juventus and fans are predicting a Champions League title for Juventus.
While all celebrations were in full swing in Turin, all were keeping a close eye on Real Madrid's transfer business as football fans believe the Madridistas will surely have to replace a player like Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is true that a player like Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be replaced, but Real Madrid needs to move on, and quickly as well. In Madrid's favor, they really don't have to sign anybody specifically to fill Ronaldo's boots, as their immense squad depth has enough quality to spear-head their attack next season.
Here we look at 3 reasons why Real Madrid need not sign a replacement for Ronaldo.
#3 The presence of Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale will be looking to take over from Cristiano Ronaldo
Gareth Bale as we all know is one of the most skilled wingers currently in the game and on his day he can even eclipse the likes of Ronaldo and Messi. Bale was prolific when he was with Spurs, and earned himself a move to the Bernabeu.
But life at Madrid was not always a bed of roses for him as he was constantly injured and was not allowed to play on his preferred left flank, as it was owned by Ronaldo himself.
With Cristiano out of the picture, the left flank is free for anyone in the Madrid dressing room, but with Bale being the one with more experience, he could very well be Lopetegui's first option to play on the left wing.
This provides a wonderful chance for Bale to reignite his Real Madrid career, with no one overshadowing him and playing on his preferred left flank.
#2 Availability of Marco Asensio
Marco Asensio could be the likely heir to Ronaldo
Real Madrid have a lot of young talent on their cards as Zidane was keen on promoting youth either through the ranks or buying promising talent early.
All his work has paid off as Real Madrid now have one of the best young attackers in world football in the form of Marco Asensio. He had a stellar first season where he even scored in the Champions League final against Juventus.
Great things are expected of Asensio, but last season was not a great one for Asensio as he was constantly benched even after good performances..
Next season though, he will have one less player to compete with, and more importantly his favored left flank is now free for anyone who can impress Lopetegui. Asensio will be surely looking to grasp this opportunity with both hands.
#1 The arrival of Vinicius Jr
Vinicius Jr completed his move to Madrid after signing for them when he was 16
Little is known of the young Brazilian who commanded a fee of $38 million, and Florentino Perez had to fight with every club on the planet to secure his services. His arrival and the timely departure of Ronaldo paves the way for him to be slotted right into the role of Ronaldo.
Although that theory is a long shot, it has all the more promise to be a reality in the coming seasons. Vinicius Jr. scored 11 goals in 30 games for Flamengo last season and has shown a lot of promise ahead of his move to the Bernabeu.
Perez has been longing to find a young attacker for so many seasons to replace Ronaldo as he feared for the moment he would eventually leave. He brought in Odegaard which was an epic failure as the teenager is now not playing for any big club at the moment.
Perez also tried a number of youngsters from the academy, but none succeeded. There is a firm belief in Vinicius among the Madrid hierarchy, he is the one to lead the Madrid attack in the coming years.