Ranked! The 10 players most likely to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo replacements

How on Earth do you go about trying to replace a player like Cristiano Ronaldo? (Thore Haugstad had a go at trying to explain for us here.) Real Madrid's all-time top goalscorer with an astonishing 450 goals in 438 games; the jewel in their crown for nine seasons, four of which cultimated in Champions League triumphs.  

So what now? Not only does new manager Julen Lopetegui have the unenviable task of following Zinedine Zidane into the Madrid dugout, he'll also have to do it without CR7. The former Spain boss will surely be boosting the power of his collective after a near-decade of domination from one player, but ultimately nobody in his squad packs the same firepower. Florentinto Perez, you'd think, will be inclined to act this summer.

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Michael Yokhin

Michael Yokhin is a European football writer. In addition to FourFourTwo, he wrote for Guardian, BBC, ESPN, Blizzard, New York Times, Independent, 11Freunde, Josimar and others. He takes keen interest in leagues, teams and players that might be a bit out of the main focus in the mainstream media, and loves football history as well.