Cristiano Ronaldo’s shocking decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus is set to send shockwaves across the soccer world.
Real Madrid is now left with a huge offensive hole to fill and plenty of money to fill it, and will in all likelihood soon find yet another prominent forward to step into Ronaldo’s role.
Whichever superstar does end up taking over at Real will leave a similar hole with their former club, continuing a domino effect that could shift some of the best players in the world across Europe.
On Tuesday the news became official — after one of the most dominant decades of club soccer in the history of the sport, Cristiano Ronaldo was leaving Real Madrid to join Juventus, with the Italian club paying a transfer fee reported at €100 million (US$117 million) to bring in the Portuguese superstar.
But the effects of Ronaldo’s transfer will likely be felt far beyond Juventus and Real Madrid, as his move could trigger a domino effect that forces the movement of tons of stars in yet another busy summer.
The move was shocking but also makes sense for both clubs involved. Real Madrid got nine of the best years any player has ever produced, winning La Liga and Champions League titles while scoring at an astounding rate, and even made a profit on the transaction of a 33-year-old star thanks to the high transfer fee.
Meanwhile, Juventus is getting the biggest superstar on the planet, and the proven goal-scorer that the club needs should it hope to take home a Champions League title of its own — Ronaldo’s 26 goals in La Liga last season were more than any Juventus player has scored in 20 years.
Real is now left with a Ronaldo-sized hole to fill, and an extra €100 million (in addition to the already impressive coffers of the club) to fill it. President Florentino Perez likes to sign superstars, or “Galacticos,” to play for his club, and with Ronaldo responsible for an outsized portion of Los Blancos’ offensive production over the past decade, the club will spare no expense to find its next star forward.
Potential Ronaldo replacements are some of the biggest names in soccer. Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are both gifted finishers that fit the bill, and with Paris Saint-Germain being investigated over financial fair play, it’s not impossible to imagine one of them moving to Real Madrid in yet another record-setting transfer deal.
Should PSG be able to hold on to both of its prized players, gifted young strikers in England such as Harry Kane and Mo Salah jump to mind as potential Ronaldo replacements. While both players seem pretty attached to their current homes, there’s not a ton of other places to look when in search of a striker who can net 30 goals a season. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has also been rumored as a potential Galactico signing, meaning that whichever striker Real brings in could …read more
Source:: Business Insider