Former Real Madrid midfielder Robert Prosinecki slammed Florentino Perez’s decision to not replace Cristiano Ronaldo following his summer exit to Juventus
Following a nine-year spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo made the shock decision to leave Real in favour of a €112m switch to Serie A champions Juventus upon his return from the World Cup with Portugal in July.
Despite losing the club’s record scorer, who provided 50 goals a season, Perez never did sign a suitable replacement for Ronaldo.
In his absence, Los Blancos have struggled greatly for goals with the likes of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale struggling to fill the void left by Ronaldo last summer.
And Prosinecki can’t understand why a new star recruit never arrived at Madrid, when they could have gone for Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
“I can’t believe Perez bought no replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo!,” Prosinecki told Sportske.
“A man who gave you 50 goals each season leaves and you get nobody! How did he think their current players would make up those 50 goals?!
“With all the problems Real are facing now, with Ronaldo they’d still be at or near the top of the league.”
He added: “Who could he have bought? Hazard and Mbappe!
“Put those two together up front and you’ll see how strong your attack would be.
“Yes, they cost over 300 million but is that money Real cannot afford? Modern football went that way, you have to constantly keep active on the market and buy the best ones.
“I saw Perez lost investors in the new stadium, so he is trying to save the money for that.
“But Real cannot afford to save the money in a way that harms the team.
“I am not sure how long the fans will tolerate this, and when they go crazy, it is inconvenient for everyone.”
In fact, Real’s struggles for goals this season were exposed on New Year’s eve when it came out that Ronaldo had finished as their top scorer in 2018 despite having not played for them in seven months.