Former FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldo, who enjoyed some of his best years at Real Madrid, said he thinks fellow countryman and Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho should make a move to Real Madrid.
“I would love to see Coutinho at Real Madrid,” Ronaldo told Spanish radio station Onda Cero. “Spanish football is, without doubt, the best in history. It has always bought the best [players] and produced the most beautiful football.”
Since joining Liverpool in 2013, Coutinho has flourished with the Reds and become a focal point of the team’s attack. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder recorded eight goals and five assists in 26 matches last season.
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This season, Coutinho already has three goals and two assists through eight matches as Liverpool has scored the second most goals in the Premier League. He is second on the team in goals and assists and leads Liverpool in shots and shots on goal.
A player of Coutinho’s caliber would likely have success anywhere in the world, but he would have to play in a more supporting role at Real Madrid with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale leading the attack and a crowded midfield that includes James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Isco.
Regardless of the role he would have at Madrid, Coutinho’s quality cannot be disputed. When he came to Liverpool three years ago, Coutinho’s transfer fee was €13 million. Liverpool would certainly command a lot more now if Madrid were interested in Coutinho.