Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo departed Real Madrid to join Juventus, many football experts made different assumptions regarding on how La Liga giants will look without their best player.
The 33-year-old forward has enjoyed a marvelous decade at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after arriving in La Liga from Manchester United for at the time a record fee of €94 million.
Ronaldo enjoyed his life in the Spanish capital, having wrapped up two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, four UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups, and three FIFA Club World Cups.
With 450 goals in 438 appearances for Real, the Portugal international has become club’s all-time top goalscorer. Spectacular goals, assists, and numerous club and individual awards have highlighted Ronaldo’s career in Madrid.
Not only the goals and assists but also his leadership skills and his influence in the dressing room are proven to be immeasurable.
Even when he struggled to deliver his best performance on the field, Ronaldo was always dragging his teammates forward, often managing to get the best out of them.
In their first campaign without the Portuguese hotshot, La Liga giants seem to be heading towards the first trophyless season in ten years.
Los Merengues have already seen one trophy slipping through their hands this year after suffering a disastrous 4-2 defeat to city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
Moreover, under the guidance of Julen Lopetegui, the reigning European champions have set their new longest scoreless run after failing to find the back of the net for 465 minutes across all competitions.
Although Real Madrid has several superstars within their ranks, none of them have proved to be the leadership material. Benzema, Bale, Modric, Kroos, and Isco all struggled to stand out when being called into action.
Hence, if Florentino Perez aims to prevent further debasement of the club, he has to act swiftly and accurately to replace one of the best players Real Madrid has ever had.