Real Madrid is struggling to keep pace with Barcelona while rumors continue to circulate over Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Murinho's futures. Los Blancos would benefit from selling Ronaldo at his ridiculously high transfer value in order to re-tool their squad for the next few seasons.
According to the Daily Mail, Ronaldo is upset with the club in the wake of Barcelona's long-term deal with Lionel Messi. That club has continually proven their allegiance to Messi with various contract extensions, including this one, good into 2018.
Real Madrid is already 13 points behind Barcelona in the league table, having lost three league games this season after losing two all of last season. Their struggles haven't been restricted to league play either, losing a King's Cup match to Celta Vigo. They have done well in Champions League, advancing from the group of death with 11 points.
Mourinho has already declared that Real Madrid is too far behind in league play and won't be able to catch Messi and Barcelona. "It is practically impossible," Mourinho said, according to the Guardian, "That's too much [of a gap] at this stage. Last year we had a 10-point advantage in February or March and we were able to maintain it."
With the team struggling and Ronaldo unhappy at the club, it's time that Real Madrid sells Ronaldo and uses the money to bolster their squad, making multiple expensive transfers either in January or the summer window. Even if the club doesn't want to sell Ronaldo, they may be forced to should he make the decision to leave on his own.
The team has long been linked to a move for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, but many have pointed out that the fit isn't great, in part of because of Ronaldo's position on the left wing. Bleacher Report's Mohamed Al-Hendy breaks this down in an article here. With Ronaldo out of the squad, Real Madrid would have a place to play Bale without much drop off and could strengthen other parts of the squad.
With Ronaldo off the wage-list and a healthy transfer fee, Real Madrid would be able to bring in a number of big players. They would be able to expand their bid for Bale or look to sign any number of players that have been linked to them, including Ashley Cole and Neymar.
With the team struggling, it's likely that Mourinho could in fact be gone as well. If there's a new coach coming in, it would make sense to make the move and bring in some new players for the coach in one swoop.
Selling Ronaldo may not be the easiest decision and may seem to be a step backwards, but it will lead to the club being able to take multiple steps forward. They would be able to re-group by bringing in some premier talent and wouldn't have to deal with catering to Ronaldo's needs.