Real Madrid bid farewell to Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday, as the Portuguese superstar is now set to embark on a new chapter in his career with Juventus in a deal worth in excess of €100m as per the official statement on their website.
Real Madrid will have to find a player of enormous stature and talent to fill the void left by the Portuguese captain who scored 450 goals in 438 games making him Los Blancos’ greatest ever goalscorer.
He has won four Ballon d’Ors with Real Madrid and won the Golden Boot three times also, so who are among the names being touted with replacing him?
According to Don Balon, Neymar and Mbappe are the top two names for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, but the report also states that Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Harry Kane could be more feasible options too.
And according to the Daily Star, the Belgium captain is the favourite to replace Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Hazard has dazzled during his time in England winning two Premier League titles and the FA Cup too.
The playmaker has been one of the best players in the world and seems to meet the criteria set to don the famous white shirt.
With Harry Kane recently signing a new contract with Tottenham, and Kylian Mbappe and Neymar being the world’s costliest players, a move for Hazard could make sense from both a financial and sporting point of view.
Here are the latest Cristiano Ronaldo replacement odds below:
Eden Hazard – 11/8
Neymar – 13/8
Kylian Mbappe – 2/1
Antoine Griezmann – 16/1
Harry Kane – 25/1
Lionel Messi – 100/1