Players who could replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid

 

Cristiano Ronaldo, a world-class winger is at the peak of his form. And for the past four years, he has been vital for Real Madrid, scoring 188 goals from 186 appearances, managing an average of a goal per game. These statistics prove how important he’s for Real Madrid. 

 Ronaldo          –   Appearances                      Goals
2011 -12                        55                        60
2012 -13                        42                          42

And it’s sure that Real Madrid will struggle without Ronaldo. If Ronaldo decides to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, we will witness a struggling Real Madrid, unless a potential replacement is made. Now the question arises – Who can replace Ronaldo at Real Madrid?

Let’s take a look at the four possible replacements for Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

1) Neymar

Many of you would have expected this name. Neymar, who is enjoying his life in Brazil with Santos, has ruled out the rumors of him signing a pre-contract with Barcelona, which opens the chance for Real Madrid to sign the 21 year old. Neymar has a similar playing style like Ronaldo – both prefer to beat the player off the dribble and run past the defender through the flanks. Neymar has the potential to be a complete player. He can score with both legs (with a little work on the left foot) and head. He has a decent aerial ability, he is a clinical passer, and can be a creative player in a while.

                      Appearances                      Goals
2011 –                   47                        24
2012 –                   47                        43

Neymar has scored 43 goals in the last season, with an average of 0.914 goals per game. These stats are fantastic for a 21 year old, and these stats would be enough to understand how much potential he has!

He has that knack of scoring goals just like Cristiano Ronaldo and he would be a perfect replacement for him.

2) Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale, the man in-form, is probably one of the best players in the Premier League this season. He is already in the headlines for his recent performances, and Real Madrid have declared their interest for this player and are very keen on buying him. If Ronaldo is set to leave Real Madrid by the end of this season or in the coming season, then this 23 year old could be a potential replacement as he has great technical ability, crossing ability and great physique. He is arguably one of the best left-wingers in the world. He is known for his pace and the ability to shoot. Bale has often drawn comparison with Ronaldo for his quick runs and ability to take free kicks.

                      Appearances                      Goals
(2011-12)            42                        12
(2012-13)            32                        21

Gareth Bale has always been consistent for Tottenham this season, and without him, they would have never been in the top half of the Premier League. Losing him will be a big blow for Tottenham.

If Real Madrid is successful in signing the 23 year old, he certainly has the potential to be Ronaldo’s replacement.

3) Mario Gotze

Borussia Dortmund’s prolific attacking midfielder could be an interesting replacement for Ronaldo. Gotze is regarded as one of the most talented youngsters in Europe due to his pace, technical ability and creativity. He can certainly be a player who could be lethal for Real Madrid, with his accurate passing and his familiarity of counter attacking football. He usually plays as an attacking midfielder and he has the capability to play on both wings. The 20 year old possesses the quality needed to replace Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

                      Appearances                      Goals
(2011-12)            26                        07
(2012-13)            35                        14

Mario Gotze is the second youngest player to appear for the German international team.

4) André Schürrle

The 22 year old German winger, who currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen, is known for his technical ability and stamina. He is one of the underrated players in Europe. He has the ability to beat defenders and to score goals. He will be a good buy for Real Madrid and he has the potential to be a replacement of Ronaldo. He is a player who is able to hold possession, is calm, and has ability to shoot from long range. Real Madrid will be the right place for the winger to showcase his talent. This lad has immense talent and is certain to be a world-class player.

                      Appearances                      Goals
(2011-12)            40                        09
(2012-13)            40                        09

He currently has a bad record in scoring goals for Leverkusen, but he can be a replacement for Real Madrid in terms of his attitude and talent.

According to you, who could be a potential replacement for Ronaldo if he chooses to leave Real Madrid?

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