Cristiano Ronaldo is potentially the greatest player in world football. He’s absolutely fantastic and the entire world should revolve around the Portuguese superstar – or so the media would have you believe. It turns out that according to Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, there is only one irreplaceable player at the Bernabéu and it isn’t CR7. His name is Casemiro.
As reported by the Metro, in a recent interview with RMC the World Cup winning Frenchman revealed the club’s plan over the past summer. Essentially they wanted to get two players competing in every position across the starting XI, which makes sense given that competition is healthy and all that fun stuff.
He was then asked why he didn’t add yet another big name in during the summer in order to further intensify the battle for places.
We got back [Alvaro] Morata, [Fabio] Coentrao and [Marco] Asensio.
Morata can cover Karim’s [Benzema] position and Asensio can cover Ronaldo’s. The idea was to duplicate all the positions.
The only player who has not a replacement is Casemiro.
Marcos Llorente is a very good and will certainly play here in the future but it was time to let him go on loan [to Alaves].
Before all of you CR7 fans out there cry into your replica shirts and faint in disgust, you need to realise that this actually makes sense. The Brazilian superstar played a key role in Real’s Champions League success last season, and whilst Ronaldo is undoubtedly phenomenal, there is just more depth in that position.
Casemiro is seven years younger than the former Manchester United star and his hunger to be the best is evident every single time he steps onto the pitch for the club. Whether or not you agree with Zidane is irrelevant, because the real story here is that the future of this historic team is most certainly in the right hands when it comes to the post-Ronaldo era.