Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has been one of the finest talents to come out of Georgian football over the past decades.
Currently plying his trade for Napoli, the winger’s stock has grown exponentially in recent years. This season, for one, he has been involved in 13 goals in 12 league matches, playing a vital role in helping the Partenopei lead the charge for the Serie A title race.
In a recent media interaction, though, Kvaratskhelia has voiced his love for Real Madrid and in extension, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The winger has indeed revealed that Ronaldo was his second idol after Guti and that he used to support Real Madrid since he was a kid.
“When I was little my favourite was Guti. After him, my favourite became Cristiano,” he told DAZN (h/t GOAL).
Ronaldo has recently made the news for his reported move to Saudi Arabia, with the forward expected to sign a bumper deal with Al Nassr, just a month after his contract was terminated by Manchester United.
The Portuguese international has been the subject of criticism from experts lately, especially following his return to Old Trafford. But that hasn’t deterred Kvaratskhelia from heaping praise on the former Real Madrid superstar, who remains one of the best players to ever play for the club.
Ronaldo’s name has been quite synonymous with Real Madrid even years after his departure from Santiago Bernabeu. Kvaratskhelia’s comments on the Portuguese forward are even more interesting, as it comes at a time when the Georgian has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital.
Although the Whites have reportedly invested in Brazilian whizkid Endrick, they are no doubt keeping tabs on Kvaratskhelia’s rapid progress. It will not come as a surprise to see them make a move for the Napoli starlet in the near future, especially with Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard facing an uncertain future at the club.
Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Atletico Madrid | La Liga
As Real Madrid gear up for their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far against Atletico Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list for the game at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The biggest news is the inclusion of star forward Vinicius Jr in the squad, with the Brazilian seemingly making an ultra-swift recovery from his injury to make himself available for the Madrid derby.
Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham also makes the squad list after there were some concerns about his situation as he had a stomach issue on Friday.
Arda Guler has trained with the team but is still not ready for his debut while Dani Carvajal also misses out with injury. Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao remain long-term absentees.
Ferland Mendy makes a return to the squad list for a La Liga match after having recovered fully from his injury.
Youngster Nico Paz is still missing due to a knock that led to his absence in the midweek Champions League clash against Union Berlin.