The high-flying winger’s five-star quality defines him as an ideal attacker for Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo will play a center forward role in Los Blancos’ 2017/18 season. Although the summer transfer is still open for player trade until Thursday, coach Zinedine Zidane has closed the Spanish giants’ door for a number 9. The Whites have Karim Benzema and Borja Mayoral to work with, perhaps till the January 2018 window.
But according to Marca, the technical team has decided on Cristiano as a center forward for the 2017/18 campaign. Per the report, the 32-year-old will feature in a 4-3-1-2/4-4-2 formation.
Los Merengues has got depth in midfield; the imminent rise of Marco Asensio and the top notch qualities of Isco, Dani Ceballos and Mateo Kovacic among others offers the French gaffer several options. With that in mind, CR7 is expected to headline the Whites’ attack along with Benzema.
Karim Benzema-Cristiano Ronaldo partnership
The French striker has suffered consistent criticisms as a striker since his move from Olympique Lyonnais in 2009. But the 29-year-old has established a great connection with Ronaldo. From his 9 assists, the attacker provided three for Ronaldo alone in the 2016/17 season.
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Currently serving a five-match ban from TAD, Cristiano is expected to return for La Liga duties on September 20 vs Real Betis. In the meantime, the top marksman will still be available at club level as the UEFA Champions League winners kick off their title defense on September 13 against APOEL Nicosia at home. That said, Madridistas can brace themselves for great performances from the Franco-Portuguese pair this season.