With Cristiano Ronaldo having turned 33 this week, Real Madrid are slowly starting to prepare for life without their all-time top goalscorer amid rumours he could leave at the end of the season. Here are 11 players, including one African, who could replace the superstar at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see 11 players who could replace Ronaldo, as per FourFourTwo.
The Portuguese was reportedly unhappy with the unwillingness of Los Blancos' leadership to offer him a new and improved contract after his latest Ballon d'Or win. His current deal runs until June 2021, when Ronaldo will be 36 years old, but he feels he deserves an improved salary that is more in line with what Neymar and Lionel Messi are earning.
Ronaldo, though, has been struggling to reach his own goalscoring standards this season, having scored only eight goals in 17 LaLiga appearances so far, and his poor form has surely been noticed by the club's bosses.
Real have not spent big over the past few transfer windows, which has led many to believe they will buy a "Galactico" with the characteristics to replace Ronaldo after the current campaign.
Neymar is one of the 11 candidates to replace Ronaldo, as suggested by FourFourTwo. The Brazilian has reportedly emerged as club president Florentino Perez's main target even though the potential transfer could cost more than €300 million (R4.5 billion).
Eden Hazard is understood to also be high on Real's wish list, and the Belgium could perhaps be a more realistic target in the coming window. Hazard has reportedly rejected two offers to extend his Chelsea contract, and Zinedine Zidane is an outspoken admirer of the 27-year-old. As long as Hazard does not commit his future to the Blues, he will remain heavily linked with Real.
Robert Lewandowski has also been consistently linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, and at 29, the chances of a transfer to join Los Blancos are getting smaller and smaller. If Bayern finish another season without the UEFA Champions League trophy, Lewandowski could be tempted more than ever by a move to Spain.
Harry Kane has wrote the headlines last year after outscoring Lionel Messi, Ronaldo and every other footballer in 2017. Kane is yet to win a trophy with Tottenham Hotspur, and another trophyless season could see him become keen to change his fortunes.
CAF African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah is currently just one goal shy of Kane's return in the Premier League this season, and rumours suggest that the Liverpool winger is also on Perez and Zidane's wish list.
Other players in the gallery include Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe, among others.
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