Out of nowhere, a report shocked all French football fans on Saturday evening. Ironically, Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema will not be available for the World Cup due to a muscle injury. There is still a little time until the start of the second half of the season, but Real Madrid could also be affected by the Benzema failure. After all, Benzema has been struggling with aches and pains all season long. Does this open the door to a spectacular return?

Real Madrid can’t replace Karim Benzema at the moment. The Frenchman is the only center forward in the squad who lives up to the claims. Accordingly, the fragile physical condition of the veteran is already a problem. According to Spanish media reports, Blancos are already looking for a striker. According to the sport, Cristiano Ronaldo has since offered his services. Whether this is the case is difficult to judge, but it would be perfectly realistic if CR7 wanted to bring itself into the conversation. He had already stated that he should never have left Real Madrid.

After Ronaldo’s scandalous interview, it’s clear he has no future at Manchester United. The Red Devils are currently trying to find ways to end the employment relationship without severance pay. Ronaldo himself shouldn’t necessarily stand in the way of that either. After all, the Portuguese wants to leave and prefers to join a Champions League club. Of course, Real Madrid would offer him this stage. The ball should be in the hands of the royals. If you want to sign Ronaldo, you would get him. The only question is whether the combination of Benzema and Ronaldo could still work well in 2023. Benzema has gained standing since Ronaldo’s departure and may not be happy about his ex-colleague’s signing. Should Benzema’s injury problems develop negatively, a striker transfer in winter would be quite realistic.

The focus of the royal should be two attackers from Serie A. Accordingly, Sport reports that Milan’s Rafael Leao is the desired striker. However, the Portuguese is more at home on the wing and would also cost a very high fee. His contract with the Rossoneri is valid until 2024 – Milan are currently working flat out to extend the working paper. Lautaro Martinez from Milan’s city rivals Inter should also be in their sights. The Argentine’s contract with the Nerazzurri is even valid until 2026. The 25-year-old would therefore also be very expensive. Ronaldo would be the much cheaper option – even if it remains rather unrealistic for the time being.

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as After Benzema shock: Will Real Madrid bring back Cristiano Ronaldo? released.