Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits Cristiano Ronaldo simply cannot be replaced, but challenged his teammates anyway to help compensate for the loss of his goals
The Portuguese superstar call time on his glorious nine-year spell with Real in favour of a €112m summer move to Juventus and has since excelled over in Italy.
But, while Ronaldo impresses in the Serie A, Real have struggled in his absence by having their worst start to a new campaign in 17 years.
However, under new manager Santiago Solari, things have improved for Los Blancos with seven wins in the Argentine’s nine matches in charge.
And Solari won his first piece of silverware at the club on Saturday in their 4-1 win over Al Ain in the Club World Cup final.
Despite that though, Courtois believes Real still have to step up and find a way to compensate for the loss of Ronaldo’s goals.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is irreplaceable, you cannot forget what he did,” said Courtois, according to Yahoo.
“But he is not here anymore, so it’s time for other players, like Bale did in the semi-finals [of the Club World Cup], to score the goals he [Ronaldo] used to score.
“If we are able to do so, it’ll be fine.”
Currently, Karim Benzema (11) and Gareth Bale (10) are Real’s leading scorers this season.