Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly exerted his power over Real Madrid team affairs by insisting that the club must not sign five players in January.
Real Madrid have surprisingly been poor by their standards this season. Los Blancos are currently in fourth position in the La Liga standings and trail runaway leaders Barcelona by 11 points. There is no doubt that coach Zinedine Zidane will be looking to strengthen his side during the January transfer window so that they can improve their current position.
However, according to Diario Gol, the Portuguese superstar has reportedly provided his side with a list of players he would be unwilling to play alongside.
Two of the names on Ronaldo’s forbidden list are Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Arturo Vidal. However, both signings are considered extremely unlikely to happen.
The other three players on the list include names who could realistically end up joining Madrid at some point: Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and, surprisingly, Tottenham superstar Harry Kane. It appears that CR7 still wants to be the biggest player on the Madrid roster and believes that the aforementioned players could affect his status, especially as he is now in the latter years of his career.
Neymar only moved to PSG during last summer’s transfer window for a record €222 million and it is unlikely that the French giants would be willing to part ways with the 25-year old anytime soon. It looks like they are hoping that he can be the catalyst of their push towards becoming the best club in European football, which at the moment, it looks like they are on track to achieve.
The most surprising player on the list is Spurs’ Harry Kane. The England striker has been strongly linked with a move to Madrid in recent months due to his form, combined with underwhelming performances from Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who now looks like his best days are behind him.
Harry Kane in Real Madrid’s sights?
Kane finished the year with 56 goals; the most in Europe, ahead of both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. If there is one player who could end the ten-year domination of the Ballon d’Or award that Ronaldo and Messi have enjoyed, it is likely to be the 24-year-old.
Ronaldo is good friends with Benzema and does not want to see the French international leave the club. However, Benzema is one of the players that are likely to be moved on in the near future and Kane is a potential replacement that the Spanish giants could pursue.
It remains to be seen how Ronaldo will react should this happen. At 24, Kane has not even reached the peak of his career and should he arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu, he will likely challenge Ronaldo’s position as the top player at the club.
Interesting times lie ahead and Madrid may be forced to make some difficult but important decisions. Could CR7’s nearly decade-long stint with Madrid be coming to an end?