Fernando Morientes believes that Neymar or Kylian Mbappe should replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
The Portugal international completed a stunning move to Juventus earlier this month, the Italian side paying out €100 million (£88m/€117m) for the superstar.
His exit has left a gaping hole in Real’s squad, with the club having to replace their all-time top goalscorer in a market heavily inflated by the transfers of, ironically, Neymar and World Cup winner Mbappe.
Neymar moved to PSG from Barcelona for €222m (£196m/$258m) last year, while Mbappe cost €155m (£137m$180m) after an initial loan move from Monaco.
Real have repeatedly set the world transfer record, and did so when buying Ronaldo from Manchester United, and will surely have to again if they are to secure either of the PSG attackers.
Speaking exclusively to Goal, La Liga ambassador Morientes said, when pressed on who could replace the decorated Ronaldo: “It’s hard. There is talk of Neymar, Mbappe, Harry Kane, [Eden] Hazard.
“I think it’s a question for the coach. The coach must give the answer to what he wants on the field, how he wants to play.
“If you ask me, I would love to play with two centre forwards and two wingers. So, for me the key player for that would be Neymar, even Mbappe.
“But if you want a footballer more like what Madrid has had, like in the last five years, and a different player in the centre of the field… that could be Hazard, who is very good and assists.
“There are many very good players, and very expensive too – that is going to be the problem.”
Ronaldo enjoyed a remarkable spell at Real, moving to the club in 2009 and winning two La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, four Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups. He also scored a staggering 451 goals in just 438 appearances.
Morientes, thus, is sure that he will remain in the hearts of Real fans across the globe.
“He has given his best years in Real Madrid. It may be that he has a couple of good years in Juventus, but the best football has been in Real Madrid.
“It will be difficult for the fans to think badly about Cristiano.”