Real Madrid Should Look for Cristiano Ronaldo's Replacement Sooner Than Later

Salvatore Landolina@@landolinasContributor IIJanuary 15, 2013

Ron your bike: Will Ronaldo leave Madrid?
Ron your bike: Will Ronaldo leave Madrid?Denis Doyle/Getty Images

The biggest story in football this week has been Cristiano Ronaldo admitting he would like to see out his contract, which expires in June 2015, at Real Madrid (via

His recent comments are in stark contrast to the smoke that billowed from the Bernabeu just a few months ago when the former Manchester United man suggested he was unhappy in Spain.

Since then, he's had to dismiss rumours that have linked him with a return to the Premier League (via Metro), while The Sun claims French club Paris Saint-Germain are said to be keen.

Of course, Ronaldo’s claim that he wants to reign in Spain under Jose Mourinho has deciphered his future, but Real Madrid could still make a buck from a potential sale.

At 27 Ronaldo is at the peak of his powers. He carried Madrid to rapid success last season with 46 league goals to win the title.

The club, despite having one of the best coaches in football and the second best player in the world in Ronaldo, seem to have become casualties to Barcelona’s prowess once again this season, however. 

There have already been angry protests by Madrid fans this term following the Mourinho cloud, but every season produces change in football.

Maybe it’s time to be different.

If Madrid decide to sell Ronaldo now they would maximise their money, as he is in peak and arguably second only to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. New money from a Ronaldo sale would push ahead planning and allow the club to reform, freshen up.

They could reinvest the money to sign Tottenham’s Gareth Bale as a replacement for the Portuguese winger, and they could bring in someone like Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, who is a proven striker.

It seems top brass need to re-assume command at the club rather than allow players to dictate what happens.

President Florentino Perez should sell the striker sooner rather than later, as it makes sense financially. Anything can happen from now until 2015 when Ronaldo’s contract expires—he could get injured or his form may tumble, which would mean any potential transfer fee would be affected.

Perhaps the biggest barrier to a sale is Jose Mourinho. The coach is tied to Ronaldo, with the player publicly backing him following the recent storm surrounding differences between senior players like Iker Casillas.

Mourinho has strong control of how things are run, but if a mega offer comes in, who's to say Perez won’t accept it?

Real Madrid are not just about Ronaldo and Mourinho, as they were a big club before them and will always be big after them.

Barcelona are still relying on their old guard, so maybe it’s time Madrid throw together something new and modernise if they are to topple their long-time enemy.

With the reality being split down the middle at Madrid, the club should open up to the idea of a Ronaldo trade and turn a new corner.