Real Madrid Transfer News: Why Losing Cristiano Ronaldo Would Be Devastating

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IDecember 29, 2012

MALAGA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 22: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF reacts after missing a chance to score during the La Liga match between Malaga CF and Real Madrid CF at La Rosaleda Stadium on December 22, 2012 in Malaga, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The thought of losing Cristiano Ronaldo is a downright scary one for Real Madrid fans, but it's a harsh reality that Los Blancos might have to live with.

Per Laure James of the Daily Mail, there is a distinct possibility that Ronaldo will jump ship at the end of his contract, which is scheduled to run out by 2015.

Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to sign a new deal with Real Madrid and could be targeted for a dramatic return to Manchester United.

The Portuguese striker has indicated he will snub Real's offer on the table, and plans on seeing out the final two years on his contract. In doing so, the Galacticos could stand to lose their £80million star for free, in 2015.

However, this could be a ploy by one of the greatest soccer stars in the world to squeeze even more money out of his club. Ronaldo could be looking for a ridiculous contract far bigger than the one he has now, and scaring Real Madrid is the best way to get it done.

But as James points out in his piece, the chances of anyone matching what Real Madrid gave Ronaldo in 2009 are "slim." With that being said, Ronaldo might already know this to be true in some sense, so he realizes he must play hardball if he wants smash his old salary.

Let's just say for a second that Ronaldo is truly finished with Real Madrid. Exactly why would his departure be so devastating?

For starters, Ronaldo is one of the most talented players in the world today.

His incredible ability to blow by defenders and score goals is evidenced by his production year in and year out. During the 2012-13 Spanish La Liga season, Ronaldo has 14 goals in 17 games thus far. Losing that type of firepower would no doubt leave a huge hole in Real Madrid's offense.

Ronaldo also draws a ton of attention from opposing defenses, and that can often open things up for his teammates to get in on the action. With one great pass, Ronaldo can easily make opponents pay for overcompensating.

As far as notoriety is concerned, there are few on the planet, if any, who attract more attention than Ronaldo. Fans will often cheer for whatever team Ronaldo is playing for because they love to watch him play, and that's regardless of that fan's particular allegiance.

Not to mention, any club Ronaldo is on will sell a ton of jerseys when they sport his name on the back, so financially this star is a huge help to the bottom line of whatever club he joins. At the end of the day, money is king and Ronaldo can bring in plenty of it all by himself.

Los Blancos still have two more years in order to change Ronaldo's apparent desire to leave the club, but they must remain diligent in doing so. If Real Madrid loses Ronaldo, it might be a loss that Los Blancos never recover from.