Real Madrid Transfers: 10 Strikers Who Would Thrive Alongside Cristiano Ronaldo

Nick LCorrespondent IApril 14, 2011

Real Madrid Transfers: 10 Strikers Who Would Thrive Alongside Cristiano Ronaldo

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    LYON, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 22: Cristiano Ronlado of Real Madrid looks dejected during the Champions League match between Lyon and Real Madrid at Stade Gerland on February 22, 2011 in Lyon, France.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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    The soccer season in Europe is quickly coming to an end, and that means summer transfers are just around the corner. As usual Real Madrid is most likely going to have their checkbook out and ready to dish out some Euros to fill in some spots on the squad.

    Jose Mourinho has stressed that the striker position needs improvement. In his desire to get a new striker in the transfer period in January, Real Madrid landed a loan deal with Manchester City for Togolese forward Emmanuel Adebayor. 

    With Real Madrid still having a valid chance at UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey titles, their performances in those competitions can dictate who Los Galacticos will go after. With their respectively good campaign thus far, only silverware marks the symbols of success for Los Blancos and their followers.

    Here are 10 players who can thrive along Cristiano Ronaldo

Didier Drogba

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    Didier Drogba
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    Full Name: Didier Yves Drogba Tébily

    Date of Birth: 11 March 1978 (age 33)

    Place of Birth: Ivory Coast

    Height: 1.89 m (6'2.5")

    Current Club: Chelsea

    Didier Drogba is a pure finisher. There is no question that he is one of the deadliest strikers in the game today, and any coach would love to have him on the front line of their squad. Already having a good standing relationship with Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, they have always talked about reuniting.

    His speed, touch, composure and finishing makes him an elite striker who would undoubtedly knock home some scores with crosses from Cristiano Ronaldo. Already gracing the cover of Vanity Fair with Ronaldo, could the two grace the pitch at Santiago Bernabeu together as well?

Carlos Tevez

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 03:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at the City of Manchester Stadium on April 3, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/G
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    Full Name: Carlos Alberto Tevez

    Date of Birth: 5 February 1984 (age 27)

    Place of Birth: Argentina

    Height: 5'8" (1.73 m)

    Current Club: Manchester City

    Carlos Tevez is a work horse. Every single time you watch a game where he is on the pitch, you will see him running and tiring out defenses the entire time. His work ethic and leadership also make him a gem in between players. His scoring abilities are unmatched, and he has an extreme amount of strength. 

    A good candidate for the middle of the Real Madrid formation, his Argentinian nationality can contribute chemistry with fellow compatriot Gonzalo Higuain. Only 27 years of age, he still has a lot to offer any team he graces the colors of. 

    Although he will have a hefty price tag, Madrid has made it clear money is not a problem. 

Sergio Aguero

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    MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26:  Sergio Aguero of Atletico Madrid waves to his bench during the La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Real Zaragoza at the Vicente Calderon stadium on September 26, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Imag
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    Full Name: Sergio Leonel Agüero del Castillo

    Date of Birth: 2 June 1988 (age 22)

    Place of Birth: Argentina

    Height: 1.75 m (5'9")

    Current Club: Atletico Madrid

    Sergio Aguero is a young talented striker who would be a lovely match with Cristiano Ronaldo. Only 22 years old, the Argentinian striker seems to be a perfect fit for Los Blancos. His chemistry with fellow Argentine Gonzalo Higuain could be a factor as well as his experience and success in Spanish La Liga already. 

    He is a predator in front of goal and has clinical finishing. His ability to come back for the ball would work well with Jose Mourinho, and his skill in front of net would add assist tallies from the foot of many Madrid players. 

    Although Aguero plays for the crosstown rivals, his skill has not gone unnoticed at the Bernabeu, and he could be seen donning the white jersey next season. 

Fernando Llorente

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 20:  Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao runs with the ball during the warm up prior La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou on February 20, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 2-1.  (Photo by Da
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    Full Name: Fernando Llorente Torres

    Date of Birth: February 26, 1985

    Place of Birth: Spain

    Height: 1.95 m (6'5")

    Current Club: Athletic Bilbao

    Fernando Llorente has worn the colors of Bilbao since 2004 and presented a complete package of a striker. The Spanish international combines size (height) and speed to make defenders work twice as hard when covering him. 

    He has been on Real Madrid's radar for quite some time now, and especially this season after the goal-hungry Spaniard's scoring pace. His ability off the ball and heading game can be matches made in heaven with Cristiano Ronaldo

    A favorite for the team, can we see the 26-year-old in a Galactico uniform?

Javier Hernandez

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 15:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester United and Marseille at Old Trafford on March 15, 2011 in Mancheste
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    Full Name: Javier "Chicarito" Hernández Balcázar

    Date of Birth: 1 June 1988 (age 22)

    Place of Birth: Mexico

    Height: 1.75 (5'9")

    Current Club: Manchester United

    Chicarito has lit up the pitch at Old Trafford this season. There is no doubt that he is a bundle of skill and can potentially become one of the greatest players in the game. Already nominated by Jose Mourinho as "a perfect match" for Real Madrid, the Mexican striker would be just that. 

    His skill, perseverance, pace, finishing and vision are incredible. The speedy youngster could fare well in Spain with the country speaking his natural language. He has saved Manchester United this season in the late dire minutes at least three times this season, being somewhat of a super-sub turned starter. 

    His skill and potential can only be increased alongside a player like Cristiano Ronaldo. Will United let another superstar go to Los Blancos?

Fernando Torres

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge on April 9, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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    Full Name: Fernando José Torres Sanz

    Date of Birth: 20 March 1984 (age 27)

    Place of Birth: Spain

    Height: 1.83 m (6'0")

    Current Club: Chelsea

    Fernando Torres is a very, very long shot. His recent transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea is proving to be somewhat of a fluke. His morale is down and he is not the same player he is on Spain and at Anfield. He is a great option to just consider bringing to his home country of Spain. 

    His pace, touch and deadly vision for goal make him a weapon against any opposing team. With his confidence low and Chelsea's patience running empty, Real Madrid could swoop on him, and what better person to regain your game under than Jose Mourinho?

    He is a regular on the Spanish international side and in time may be a regular in Madrid as well. 

Samuel Eto'o

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    MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 09:  Samuel Eto'o of Inter Milan gestures during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 9, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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    Full Name: Samuel Eto'o Fils

    Date of Birth: 10 March 1981 (age 30)

    Place of Birth: Cameroon

    Height: 1.79 m (5'10.5")

    Current Club: Inter Milan

    Samuel Eto'o is a classy striker. He makes finishing looks so easy and graceful that it looks like anyone can do it. An elite Cameroonian forward who has worn the colors of Real Madrid earlier in his career can resurrect that with reuniting with his former coach Jose Mourinho.

    His success in Spain came with Mallorca and Barcelona after being top scorer for a few seasons. His stint in Inter Milan is going extremely well, notching a 2010 Treble with the Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia. He is undoubtedly Cameroon's best player. 

    Could he be a Galactico again, under the rule of Mourinho this time? Surely his spell would be a lot different this time with players like Ronaldo around him. 

Robin Van Persie

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    BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10:  Robin Van Persie of Arsenal strikes the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on April 10, 2011 in Blackpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    Full Name: Robin van Persie

    Date of Birth: 6 August 1983 (age 27)

    Place of Birth: Netherlands

    Height: 1.87 m (6'2")

    Current Club: Arsenal

    Robin van Persie is such a creative striker. He is known for his dribbling and shooting techniques and is a set piece specialist. He has become an important player on whichever squad he appears, Arsenal or Netherlands, and proves to be a great player. 

    Although he has become prone to injury, his knowledge of the game is amazing as well as his shooting range. 

    Just food for thought for Mourinho, or the missing puzzle piece?

Alvaro Negredo

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 30:  Alvaro Negredo of Sevilla FC looks on during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Sevilla FC on October 30, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won the match 5-0.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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    Full Name: Álvaro Negredo Sánchez

    Date of Birth: August 20, 1985

    Place of Birth: Spain

    Height: 1.86 m (6'1")

    Current Club: Sevilla

    Alvaro Negredo is an excellent choice for Real Madrid as his success in La Liga proves itself. The striker for Sevilla has been associated with the youth stages of Real Madrid but never had a call up.

    He would be a safe choice, and although Negredo wouldn't be elite right away, he could find the necessary spaces to play well with the squad he has around him. Unselfish with the ball, he can distribute and makes runs in the box.

    A long shot for Real Madrid, but definitely worth looking at his highlight reel. 

Wayne Rooney

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 06:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United gestures during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on April 6, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Get
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    Full Name: Wayne Mark Rooney

    Date of Birth: 24 October 1985 (age 25)

    Place of Birth: England

    Height: 1.76 m (5'9")

    Current Club: Manchester United

    Save the best for last, they say. Wayne Rooney is absolutely brilliant. Everything you want in a player, from finishing to technique to passion and aggression. His style of play would go brilliantly in Spain, as it is guaranteed that he and Cristiano Ronaldo, who are former teammates, would man-handle defenses across the country. 

    His presence is unmatched. Rooney's commands and leadership are pivotal, and his drive and motivation has proved great for his country and club. 

    Mourinho has shown interest in adding Rooney before, and with the members he has behind him, anything is possible in Real Madrid.