Real Madrid: Ribery, Juan Mata, or Umm...Robinho?

Muffakham Shaheriyar@@muffakhamCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2009

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 12:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid smiles during the La Liga match between Espanyol and Real Madrid at the  Nuevo Estadio de Cornella-El Prat stadium on September 12, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Real Madrid’s jersey is one of the most revered jerseys in the world. Most football players in the world dream of donning the jersey of the vaunted Real Madrid club just once in their lifetime. After all, Real Madrid isn’t an ordinary club, they’re the nine-time European Champions and have won the La Liga Championship thirty-one times.

However, the Real club has been having formation problems of late, with a lack of great players at key positions. They lack an able replacement for the Left Back position, for instance. Yet, in this piece I’d like to just concentrate on the Left Wing position, which they also need to man with a great player.

I’m not alone in believing Real should play a 4-2-3-1 formation with Benzema up front, Kaka behind him, and Ronaldo on the right flank along with Ramos.

The problem remains, though, on the Left Wing, which is unmanned by any significant player that can shore it up. Franck Ribery’s name has cropped up as a possible player to fill the position, and we have no reason to believe his arrival isn’t going to happen if Real wants him; after all, Real’s influence transcends all boundaries.

A closer look at the footballing world reveals there are two other players ready to don the white jersey at the Bernabou if Real is unable to land Ribery, but let’s first take a look at the talented Frenchman.

Franck Ribery

The French Winger is preferred by Zinedine Zidane, who is said to have a considerable influence over him. Ribery is a protean talent and has proven himself at the Allainz Arena. His goal against the Spaniards in Germany firmly put the French on the comeback trail in the World Cup.

There is supposedly a deal in the works that Real put together to bring him through to the Bernabou, and Robben's move to the Allianz Arena is a part of it (though Robben's arrival does make Bayern a scary prospect).

Ribery's arrival to play Left Wing would indeed strengthen the midfield, but is it financially viable? Recent reports claim Ribery is being tempted into a renewal with the Bavarians, and that happening would cause Real to break the bank again to get him. I don't think I’d want to see an inflated Transfer Market again.

On that score, I’ve had one too many experiences for a lifetime.

Now let’s look at another option.

Juan Mata

"A clever player with pace, intelligence and off-the-ball movements, he also possesses goal-scoring ability."

This is what is said by many of the player who is popularly known as "THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY".

He started his career at Real Oviedo before moving to Real Madrid at the age of 15. In his last campaign (2005–06) in Juvenil A he scored 18 goals in the league and three more in the Copa de Campeones, including the winner in the final against Real Valladolid, adding another three in the Spanish Juvenil Cup. He played for Castilla next and then left for Valencia.

If you look at him realistically, he’s really the one who could be the solution to all of Real’s worries. He’s a guy with immense talent who could combine well with the Real Galacticos and feed Benzema or Higuain many goals while scoring a few himself.

Apparently he is unhappy at Valencia with his wages and is even considering buying out his contract if a big club seeks his services. Well, FC Barcelona is said to be interested in this former Real Castilla player.

With a contract buyout clause worth around 40 million Euros he could be cheaper than Ribery with more years to offer, and he rejoins a club where he found success initially. With Negredo said to return within the next two years he could make the grade and make Real Madrid a power for years to come...

Finally, let’s take a look at a longshot I think would be great to fill a Real void.


Many Real fans would scoff at his name, and I expect a few incredulous reactions about this suggestion, but you know he might still be the one.

Robinho started his European career at Real and I would love for him to return to them. Last year, after he left, Real was a complete mess, and his absence was a significant reason for their failures. Without Robinho, Sergio Ramos had to do both jobs of a winger and a RB last year.

If he returned, he could be played on the Left Flank where he wouldn't have much of a problem and would gel quite well with Kaka. Combining him with the Samba magic would result in a good number of goals I believe. Add Marcelo at LB and we could have a Left Flank up and running.

Robinho might not come cheap but he wants to leave Man City or so the rumors say. Whether we want him is the question.

So, there are three players I felt would look great donning the Real Madrid jersey at the Bernabou. You may have different opinions and you are free to express 'em...