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Russia 2018 – Why Belgium vs Brazil should interest Madridistas
- Updated: July 5, 2018
Real Madrid might be in the market soon for a world-class replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo as reports of his supposed departure from the Bernabeu and subsequent move to Juventus continue to heighten.
Although there is the possibility that these reports can end up as mere rumors, Madridistas always knew that the day would come when they would have to replace the goal hound, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo showed that he’s still got it in his performances with Portugal at the Russia 2018 World Cup. However, some of the players who have been mentioned as his likely replacements at the club have also performed well, and even gone one better with their sides, although team quality played a part.
Regardless, the two most widely reported players that could join Real Madrid this summer and move on to be the next big thing at the club, in the persons of Neymar and Eden Hazard have also impressed for their sides in Russia 2018.
They will square up against each other with their sides when Belgium face Brazil in the quarterfinals of the competition.
Eden Hazard for Belgium
Hazard is one favorite to replace Ronaldo at Madrid and has impressed with the Belgium side as the skipper. The Belgian has scored twice, assisted twice, and won the Man of the Match award twice, in 2 of his 3 games for Belgium at Russia 2018.
Hazard has been a consistent performer at Chelsea and his impact for Belgium in Russia 2018 has shown that he can cut it successfully at world-class standards at the Bernabeu.
Neymar for Brazil
Neymar has also been key in Brazil’s progress to the quarter-final stage. The flamboyant attacker has scored twice, assisted once and won the Man of the Match award twice in 4 games for Brazil.
He is the key man in Brazil’s attack, and his performances for club and country have also put him in good stead for Real Madrid. It can be recalled that the Bernabeu outfit recently denied making a €310 bid for the Brazilian.
Madridistas will have more to watch out for when Neymar’s Brazil face Eden Hazard’s Belgium in the Russia 2018 quarterfinal stage.
This game might be a one-off but a cue can be taken from it. Madridistas will get to see who has the most impact when the going gets tough in the biggest stage of world football, and who also possesses the ability to take the game by the scruff of the neck in their side’s favor.
This game can give little hints on who can cover themselves in glory for Madrid in high profile games, hopefully, both players don’t get silenced in the game.