Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes it would be ‘impossible’ to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at the club.
A variety of reports across Spain and Italy say the Portuguese star could be exiting Madrid this summer with Juventus said to have agreed a four-year contract worth €30m per year.
“If Ronaldo were to leave Madrid, he would leave a gap that would be impossible to fill,” Calderon told Tuttomercatoweb, in quotes carried by ESPN FC.
“You cannot easily find a champion who, in addition to participating decisively in team play, guarantees more than 50 goals per season, and much more for the past nine years.”
The 33-year-old has a €1 billion release clause in his deal with Madrid but the reports suggest the European champions will be willing to do business for €100m.
Ronaldo signed for Madrid in 2009 from Manchester United and has cemented his status as a global star, winning four Champions League titles with the club and two La Liga crowns.