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Aspas: Ronaldo’s exit exposed Real Madrid’s weaknesses

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Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas reckons Real Madrid have been left vulnerable without Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals this season

The Portuguese forward left Real in the summer for Juventus as the club’s all-time record goalscorer with 450 goals in 438 games.

In La Liga this season, Real have scored 16 times compared to rivals Barcelona’s 31 in the first 11 games.

But Aspas, whose Celta side will face Real on Sunday, reckons that Real’s problems go way before Ronaldo’s exit.

“Cristiano helped cover up many weaknesses,” said Aspas, according to Sport.

“He won a lot of matches because of how hard he hit the ball but I think they’re playing better this year than they did last season.”

The Spain international is the second highest scorer in La Liga this season with eight goals.

Now Aspas has revealed that there was concrete interest from Real in the summer for him before they eventually resigned Mariano Diaz.

“They didn’t contact me and there weren’t even talks (about a transfer) between the two clubs,” said Aspas.

“But yes, there was interest from Madrid. In the end, they signed Mariano (Diaz) to cover the striker position.

“I have four years left on my contract and I’m very happy at Celta. Although, as I always say, in football you never know what could happen.”

11th-place Celta will host Real at the Abanca-Balaídos on Sunday with kick-off to begin at 20:45 (CEST).