Cristiano Ronaldo Names Raphael Guerreiro as Desired Real Madrid Signing

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 11, 2016

(L-R) Raphael Guerreiro of Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Pepe of Portugal during the UEFA EURO semi-final match between Portugal and Wales on July 6, 2016 at the Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo has picked Portugal team-mate Raphael Guerreiro as his ideal signing after the Real Madrid forward was asked whom he would bring to the club out of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich's stars. 

The 31-year-old rejected compatriot and 2016 Golden Boy Renato Sanches in favour of Guerreiro when German magazine 11 Freunde (h/t Goal) quizzed him on whom he'd take to Madrid from either of the German giants: "Perhaps my team-mate in Portugal, Raphael Guerreiro." 

Guerreiro has exploded onto the scene at Dortmund.
Guerreiro has exploded onto the scene at Dortmund.TF-Images/Getty Images

Guerreiro has flourished since moving to Signal Iduna Park from Ligue 1 side Lorient for a reported fee of just €12 million (£9.5 million) this summer, per ESPN FC's Stephan Uersfeld.

Black and Yellows manager Thomas Tuchel has had great success fielding the 22-year-old in both defence and midfield, recently paying tribute to his blossoming arrival, per ESPN FC's Stefan Buczko:

Ronaldo already has some of his compatriots for company at the Santiago Bernabeu in the shapes of centre-back Pepe and left-back Fabio Coentrao, although the former's contract is set to expire at the end of this season.

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Guerreiro could well have found himself in La Liga this season, too, after recently revealing to broadcaster Canal+ France that he turned down the advances of Barcelona in favour of more minutes at Dortmund (h/t Sport's Lluis Miguelsanz).

The utility star said: "It was a difficult decision to say no to Barcelona, but a moment arrived in which I had to decide and I went for Dortmund. I need to have continuity [in the team] and minutes to grow. And I have been lucky that in Germany things are going well for me."

In the same interview, Guerreiro confirmed he had the chance to join Paris Saint-Germain from Lorient during the summer of 2015, and Metro's Primeira Liga expert Jan Hagen provided further quotes cementing the player's resolve:

With willpower like that, Guerreiro may yet find a move to Real Madrid could be made possible in future, especially if his career trajectory continues along its current path, having shot to fame since his arrival in the Bundesliga.

It's taken the 15-times capped Portugal international little time to acclimate to his German setting, and OptaFranz detailed precisely how swiftly the versatile Guerreiro started to shine among Tuchel's ranks:

It was alongside Guerreiro that Ronaldo helped clinch this summer's UEFA Euro 2016 crown, and it speaks volumes of his talents that he'd prefer the left-back over Sanches, who ranks as one of Europe's most promising up-and-comers.

That's not to mention Ronaldo picked Guerreiro over the wealth of star quality in both Bayern and Dortmund squads. While Ronaldo may be biased based towards his compatriot, there's little reason to argue Real wouldn't be better off with a talent like Guerreiro added to their squad.