Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the greatest ever to pull on one of those hallowed white jerseys of Real Madrid.
So when talk comes of replacing him, things are never as straightforward as they appear. Whoever steps into those shoes, whether they wear no. 7 or not, will have more to do than just perform on the pitch.
Now, we have tried to look around and see who is able who can try to follow the legend’s footsteps. So, the chosen players are good enough in their ability to become the core around which Real Madrid can build their next big dynasty.
6. Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann may be struggling at the moment for Atletico, but he showed his ability with France during the final qualifiers. With Atleti as a whole team not playing well, and his class should never be in doubt.
Capable of changing the course of the game, and entire seasons, Griezmann is exactly the kind of celebrity that would love calling the Bernabeu home.
5. Ousmane Dembele – Barcelona
When most big clubs are looking to fill superstar-sized holes in the team, they have to spend big and import a ready-made one from another big team.
Ousmane Dembele has all the technical qualities you would want in someone you want to build a team around. He seems to possess the kind of big-game temperament that is essential for a club like Madrid.
His skill, talent, and will-to-win make him the ideal candidate for grooming to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo.
4. Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain
Kylian Mbappe’s father apparently advised him not to join Real Madrid this summer because of what it would entail. His love for Madrid, though, is evident and has been linked to Bernabeu side for all the summer.
Neymar and Cavani at PSG will only serve to further improve his game. They will also help him to strengthen himself mentally to make him better suited to deal with what he will face in the white of Madrid.
The young man is the real man to replace Ronaldo, and Madrid would be well advised to sign him on as soon as possible.
3. Eden Hazard – Chelsea
When Eden Hazard is in full flow, there is very little anyone can do to stop him. Fast, possessed of the ability to dribble with the ball stuck at his feet and about as arrogant as Cristiano himself, he would fit right in on that left-flank for Madrid.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and club president Florentino Perez are long-term admirers of the Belgium international having tried to sign him in the past.
2. Lionel Messi – Barcelona
Messi is Barcelona and Barcelona is Messi! It would be unthinkable if the great man were to waddle over to the Bernabeu and turn out in Madrid white. But then stranger things have happened in the mad world of football.
Ronaldo Luis Nazario did not want to leave Barcelona, but he left for Inter Milan and ended up at Madrid. Neymar did not want to leave, but he left for PSG, and may well end up at Madrid. Luis Figo the same.
So, Messi is now God at Camp Nou, but he may end up at Santiago Bernabeu to take over from Portuguese veteran Ronaldo.
1. Neymar Jr. – Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar Jr. is the successor to the throne that Ronaldo and Messi will have to vacate sooner rather than later. He is the one footballer whose combination of pure technical talent, skills, dribbling, preening arrogance, and matches that of Ronaldo himself.
Besides, Neymar loves playing with Marcelo working his magic behind him, as they play together in the national team.