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Modric: Ronaldo is nearly irreplaceable

Ronaldo and Modric

Luka Modric, thus, said in the absence of their ex talisman other team members must step up.

The World Best Player maintained that his former teammate would be nearly irreplaceable for the Los Blancos.

Cristiano Ronaldo spent nine years at Real Madrid, helping the club to two La Liga titles and four Champions League – three of which were won on the bounce.

The Portuguese forward joined Juventus in the summer, in a deal said to be worth €100m, and has resumed his goal-scoring duties for his new side, as he has scored 21 in 35 games – even at 34

Meanwhile, his former side is being short of firepower all season – and discussing Real Madrid’s lack of goal threat ahead of the UEFA Champions League tie against Ajax, Modric said it was nearly impossible to replace the renowned a season 50 goal poacher.

“Cristiano is a player that every team would miss,” he said.

“Looking for a replacement is almost impossible.

“Of course we miss him, given everything he did for the club. What the club tried to do was divide the burden among the players, and that isn’t easy.

“Cristiano scored 50 goals, and you can’t find someone else who can do that.

In the absence of Ronaldo, Modric has charged players that have been saddled with goal scoring responsibility to step up their games.

He explained further,”Some had to take a step forward, and though not score 50, but at least score 15-20, or even ten goals. This is what we are missing.

“That’s why I think scoring is our biggest problem this season. For example in the Copa match against Barcelonawe created many chances, but a rival with their quality punishes you.

“Cristiano is not here, so we can’t complain for the next ten years that we don’t have him.

“The club has put faith in other players, like Gareth, [Marco] Asensio, Karim [Benzema] and bought Mariano [Diaz], while Vinicius is doing well for his age. But sometimes things don’t work out as we won’t.

“The only way [forward] is to work together. Madrid will always be at the top …. We will always come back.”

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