There are countless things in this world that are more likely to happen than Cristiano Ronaldo joining Chelsea, like Arjen Robben using his right-foot, or Pep Guardiola growing a full head of hair. It is, however, a nice thought.
Last week, the Express claimed that Chelsea were interested in signing the Real Madrid supersatr, who is keen on sealing a move away from the Bernabeu in wake of him getting in trouble with the Spanish tax authorities.
As unlikely as it may be, this is football, and stranger things have happened. The speculation made me think, which can often prove a tough task for someone as simple minded as myself – where would Ronaldo fit into Antonio Conte’s side?
On the wing
Perhaps the most logical place to field Ronaldo would be flanking our centre-forward. Whether it be on the left, which Eden Hazard switching to the other side, or on the right, and Pedro being relegated to the substitutes bench. Both at Manchester United and Real Madrid, Ronaldo has enjoyed incalculable success in this position, he could do the same at the Bridge, if given the opportunity.
Leading the line
With every week that passes, Diego Costa leaving Chelsea this summer looks to be more and more of a certainty – that leaves us in need of a new striker. Step forward, Ronaldo. The Portugal captain has proven over the years that he is a natural born goal-scorer, and nobody on this planet is more deadly in front of goal. Flanked by Hazard and Pedro, it could be a seriously deadly front three.
Ronaldo’s current role with Los Blancos is often described as a second/shadow striker. Karim Benzema is indisputably Zinedine Zidane’s number one choice to lead the line, but Ronaldo often operates in areas just behind him, sniffing out any potential opportunities and taking full advantage. Conte experimented with a 3-5-2 system several times last year – if Ronaldo did join, he may well opt to use it long-term.