Former Real Madrid striker Predrag Mijatovic has stated that the club should forget about trying to find a player that would be a like-for-like replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, as no such player exists.
Neymar has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu recently and a bid could happen in the summer transfer window. The player only joined Paris Saint Germain last summer but reports suggest he is already unhappy in France and wants to return to Spain.
The former Barcelona player would be a controversial addition to the Real Madrid squad, but the Brazil superstar is undoubtedly one of the most talented players in the world. He is currently out with a foot injury, but that is expected to be fully cleared by the time the summer comes around.
Ronaldo Cannot Be Matched
Mijatovic has stated that he likes Neymar as a player, but he feels like it is impossible for anyone to properly replace Ronaldo as an overall package. Speaking to Marca, Mijatovic said:
“I love Neymar. I like him a lot as a player, he’s a kid who makes the difference,”
“He’ll have an important role when it comes to winning titles in the next few years and will fight for the Ballon d’Or and Golden Boot. But it is tough for someone to beat Ronaldo’s numbers.”
Mijatovic is famous for scoring the winning goal for Los Blancos in the 1998 Champions League final against Juventus. He went on to describe current talisman Cristiano Ronaldo as a once-in-a-generation talent.
“Well, I think that from the day he has arrived at Madrid, he has fulfilled all expectations,”
“He has broken all of the records and been the most important player for the club over the last decade, winning personal titles and trophies for the team.
“I hope he stays for many years because you won’t find another Cristiano Ronaldo in the future. You’ll have to find a different type of player. “