Real Madrid have got to reconcile themselves to the fact that they’ve just kissed goodbye an average of 50 goals a season that Ronaldo got throughout his nine campaigns at Santiago Bernabeu.
No player in the world can simply replace Cristiano Ronaldo.The Chelsea star has been linked with Los Blancos since the Portuguese made a move to Juventus for £99m.
Under Zinedine Zidane the team was structured to extract goals from Ronaldo. In all competitions he scored 44 times last season. He may well have been named on the left side of the Madrid attack but he certainly didn’t play there.
But Hazard has now been told by brother Kylian on social media to stay at Stamford Bridge and snub interest from the Champions League winners.
While,Chelsea have told Real Madrid to cough up to £200 million or forget about signing Eden Hazard this summer.
The Blues believe they are in a strong position over the transfer, despite Hazard hinting at ending his time at the Premier League club.
For the Belgian captain, the move makes sense. He’s 28 years old and has designs on winning the Champions League. That’s an impossibility for Chelsea currently given that they are not in it. Opportunities like Madrid don’t come around often in a player’s career and he appears determined to take it.
And with Ronaldo sold, there is a gap in the Madrid line-up that can be filled by a new Galactico like Hazard. But he won’t replace the new Juventus signing. He cannot replace his goals, his personality, his aura. Madrid will be playing a new style of football if they do end up going for Hazard.