Friday, June 12, 2009

Ronaldo Leaving: His Possible Replacement

So...Ronaldo is finally going. And to his favoured destination - Real Madrid. At 9.33am Thursday morning, the media and football blogging world started to report the breaking news of an accepted ₤80m bid for the World Player of The Year. The deal looks to be a formality with most papers saying that it is just a question of when. A deadline date of June 30th has been set.

This puts an end to a season-long saga surrounding Ronaldo and Real Madrid. Fortunately for Man Utd fans worldwide, Sir Alex would not have let his most important player go without having a or two backup plan. But how do you replace a player who is lightning fast, have flair, a freekick specialist and scores vital goals?

All of us would like to think that Sir Alex has a plan in place already and is currently executing that plan. We know about the supposed potentials of Nani and Zoran Tosic within the United reserve squad. Ongoing discussions with Wigan Athletic will indicate a logical one-to-one ₤15m replacement in Ecuador winger Luis Antonio Valencia.

Across the English channel, rumours about interest in Franck Ribery refuses to go away but Bayern will not let him go without an inflated transfer price. Manchester United had in May 2009 made an initial inquiry to Bayern offering ₤63m for Ribery on condition that Ronaldo leaves. So now could be the time to exercise this Ribery option. The fans will be appeased if Ribery comes. The Premiership will welcome his direct running and quick footballing brain.

In my opinion, one particularly world-class right-sided midfielder has slipped off the radar. Alessandro Mancini has been warming the bench at Inter this season and he has publicly claimed that he is unhappy about this. Mancini could be tempted by a Manchester United link. The stepover king has the ability to be the Red Devils most exciting flair player. He could be available for cheaper ₤15m. The fans may prefer Ribery but Mancini should be the better option simply because there will be additional funds left for a badly needed defensive midfielder.

If Ronaldo does agree personal terms with Madrid, then he will be hard to replace. Alessandro Mancini, however is well-capable to be his possible replacement. His pace, dribbling skills and flair will thrill and bring the Man United fans to their feet.

Good bye Ronaldo, the EPL will be much poorer viewing without you.



Ronaldo - away from the pitch

5 comments:

SoccerUpdated said...

i love cristiano.. i don't know alessandro mancini. If he is so good, why is he only warming the bench?

Anonymous said...

mancini doesnt really work well on inter's team but he is solid

football gifts said...

United are not the same team without Ronaldo, he is a big loss.

Anonymous said...

cristiano ronaldo is supper hot!!

Anonymous said...

he sucks big time!

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