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5 Players Real Madrid Signed To Replace Cristiano Ronaldo And How They Performed

Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 after nine years with the club.

Ronaldo won the Champions League 3 times in a row, making him one of the greatest players of the twentieth century.

The Portuguese international also eclipsed Raul as the club’s all-time leading scorer, cementing his status as one of the game’s all-time greats.

Although they were knocked from the Champions League in the Round of 16 by Ajax in 2018/2019, the Spanish club has won two league titles in the last three years and will once again recover Europe’s most important cup in 2022.

Benzema was the man who stepped up to cover Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence, and he is in the finest form of his career in 2021/2022.

However, have any other new arrivals attempted to fill Ronaldo’s shoes?

The five players Real Madrid has to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as their performances, are listed below.

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1. Mariano Diaz

After joining for £40 million from Flamengo in Brazil as a teenager, the young winger was put under a lot of pressure to step up when Ronaldo left, and he struggled at first.

However, the 21-year-old has regained his confidence and was one of Europe’s greatest performers last season.

He’s finally added a lethal end product to his game, with 17 goals and 10 assists in 35 La Liga matches – as Liverpool discovered with his match-winning goal in the Champions League final.

3. Luka Jovic

Jovic, a muscular centre forward, joined the club as a big-money acquisition in the summer of 2019 as a 21-year-old, with the intention of providing additional goals in the side while rotating with Benzema.

He had a strong season at Eintracht Frankfurt last season, reaching the Europa League semi-finals and scoring 27 goals in all competitions, and Madrid were willing to pay £57 million for his services.

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However, the deal appears to be a flop so far.

No thanks to Benzema’s amazing run, the Serbia international has only three goals in 51 appearances for Real Madrid and barely had a look under Carlo Ancelotti last season.

Given his age, there is yet hope for him, although his future is practically lies away from Madrid.

4. Eden Hazard

Hazard, the first Galactico signing since James Rodriguez in 2014, was one of the best players in the world at Chelsea, scoring two goals in the Europa League final to secure a £100 million move to Madrid.

Given his goal threat from the left flank, superstar status, and dribbling skill, Hazard was a logical choice to replace Ronaldo, but this has perhaps been the worst transfer of all.

Since his arrival, the Belgian has struggled with fitness, injuries, and poor form, scoring only 6 goals in 66 appearances and losing his starting spot to Vinicius Junior.

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Hazard can at least brag about winning the Champions League, but he played only a few minutes in their 2021-22 triumph and had little impact.

Hazard, like Jovic, has been linked with a move elsewhere, including a return to Chelsea, but at 31 years old and on a hefty contract, it’s unclear who would be prepared to take a chance on a player who was once England’s most lethal attacker.

5. Rodrygo

Rodrygo, a talented Brazilian winger purchased for £40 million, is doing well to follow in Vinicius Junior’s footsteps.

He was signed from Santos in the summer of 2019 and has already shown signs of his talent, scoring 18 goals and assisting 21 times in 108 games for the club.

With those two goals in Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final comeback against Manchester City, Rodrygo has already engraved his name into Real Madrid mythology.

 

 

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