Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly furious with Real Madrid’s leadership, and could leave the club. Here are six potential replacements for the Portuguese.
The 32-year-old is understood to be upset with Real president Florentino Perez for not offering him a new and improved contract after he lifted his fifth Ballon d’Or title and leading the club to three UEFA Champions League titles in four years.
In addition, it has been reported that Ronaldo has fallen behind Lionel Messi and Neymar inn terms of the salaries they earn, and feels “betrayed” by his club as a result, according to El Chiringuito, which has claimed he wants to leave after the current campaign.
The news is backed up by a report in Portuguese daily Record, which has stated that Perez is willing to listen to offers for Ronaldo.
As a consequence, Real could look at potential replacements for their No. 7, with Harry Kane high on the club’s wish list, according to AS. The 24-year-old outscored Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and every other player in 2017, but his signature could cost as much as Neymar’s world record transfer fee.
The Brazilian himself is understood to be on Real’s radar as well, but the chances of Neymar joining Los Blancos next season seem rather slim. A potential swap deal, though, involving Ronaldo and Neymar could reportedly be in the pipeline.
Eden Hazard’s name has also been circulating in Madrid for a while now, and his father recently indicated that he could be waiting for an approach from Real, amid reports the winger has already snubbed two new contract offers from Chelsea.
Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski – who Real attempted to sign in 2013 and 2016 – and Paulo Dybala are also on AS’ list of potential Ronaldo replacements.
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