The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus has left the most important question about who deserves to fill the void left by the iconic footballer. But former Manchester United and current Wales manager Ryan Giggs is optimistic Gareth Bale can be the best replacement for the Portuguese frontman.
Ronaldo left Los Blancos this summer for Juventus, who signed him for 100 million Euros, ending his nine-season journey with the Spanish giant.
Ronaldo netted 450 goals in 438 appearances with Real Madrid, or 50 goals on average per season, excluding 131 assists he booked for the 13-time UEFA Champions League winners.
Several top names have been linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu such as Eden Hazard, Neymar, and Robert Lewandowski as well as Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah. But this season Real Madrid have started relying on the Welsh on the front, which is seen as the right decision by Giggs.
Bale, Giggs’main player at the Wales National Team has been a mature player footballer after spending five years at Bernabeu.
“When someone like Cristiano leaves there is always going to be a spotlight on who is going to replace him goal-wise and threat-wise,” Giggs told Sky Sports.
“It’s a massive void to fill but Gareth has the experience now of being at the club for a long time
Bale has scored 90 goals and booked 60 assists in 192 matches with Real Madrid. Despite being an injury-prone player, former Tottenham star proved to be a vital player for Los Blancos in some important events, such as his goal in the UEFA Champions League Final last season against Liverpool.
Previously, Bale was linked with a move to Manchester United as his role was filled by Isco at Real Madrid due to his injury. As of December 2017, the 29-year-old winger had suffered injury 26 times.
According to statistics, Bale only appeared less than 50 percent of the total minutes played by Real Madrid in the last three seasons.
Giggs’ opinion was also echoed by Real Madrid’s current manager Julen Lopetegui, but the Spaniard added that Bale cannot do it all by himself without support from his teammates.