Real Madrid: 3 things that could prevent a Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo by ISABELLA BONOTTO/AFP via Getty Images)
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France, Kylian Mbappe
France, Kylian Mbappe (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid may want the full rebuild

Cristiano Ronaldo is 36 years old. Age is but a number in footballing terms when it comes to the here and now, so Ronaldo would 100 percent be a significant upgrade on what Los Blancos currently have. That’s an obvious statement, not only due to Ronaldo’s goal-scoring record in Turin, but also because Ronaldo is the very player the Real Madrid attack has failed to replace.

Over the next 10 years, though, Ronaldo is not going to reshape Madrid. He is not the future. For Madrid, the future on the transfer market is either Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland. In the current side, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes are the attackers with serious potential, while there are a handful of loanees, including Luka Jovic, who could be a part of the solution.

By signing Ronaldo, Real Madrid may have to forfeit Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe, when you consider that Ronaldo’s salary at Juve is 31 million euros. That’s going to be a tough salary to accommodate, and we can only begin to think about Ronaldo if Real can first remove Gareth Bale’s wages off the ledger.

If Real want their youth project and want to win for the next several years, they may have to say “no” to Ronaldo. And according to a report from MARCA’s Jose Felix Diax, that is the exact mentality Real Madrid have when it comes to their former No. 7. They want to focus on the future. We shall see if this changes.