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Cristiano Ronaldo names seven Real Madrid legends in his Best XI of teammates
Cristiano Ronaldo will go down as one of the greatest ever to play for Real Madrid. The Portuguese icon enjoyed a stellar nine-year stint between 2009 and 2018 at the Santiago Bernabeu, breaking all sorts of records and amassing a mind-boggling goal tally and trophy haul.
Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018, having given his best years to the Merengues, becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer in the process.
After stints at Juventus and Manchester United, the 38-year-old now finds himself playing for Saudi Arabian giants Al Nassr in the final phase of his career.
But, without a doubt, Ronaldo looks back fondly on his time at Real Madrid as revealed by the fact that he has named as many as seven of his former teammates at the Bernabeu in the best XI of footballers he has played with.
Indeed, as reported by talkSPORT, Ronaldo has included seven Real Madrid icons – Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, and Karim Benzema in his Best XI of teammates.
The remaining four slots have been taken up by Giorgio Chiellini, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, and Wayne Rooney.
Ronaldo enjoyed an excellent time with the aforementioned seven Real Madrid stars at the Santiago Bernabeu. He formed the fearsome attacking trio ‘BBC’ with Benzema and Bale, while his understanding with Marcelo was legendary.
The likes of Modric and Kroos also played crucial roles in helping Ronaldo achieve massive heights at the club through his goals while also acting as dressing room leaders alongside the Portuguese as well as Casillas and then Ramos.
So, it does not come as a surprise to see Ronaldo lean towards Real Madrid when it comes to the best possible XI of teammates he has played with.
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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season
Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.
Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.
According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.
Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.
After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.
Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.
The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.
However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.
Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.