The front three that never was: Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Morata

03 Dec 2017

The pieces would’ve fitted together perfectly in the summer, but in Madrid they didn’t dare to dream hard enough.

Three Champions Leagues in the last four years gave rise to the argument that Real’s front three were untouchable.

“How can we think about changing BBC?!” mused those at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

And with that, the club missed the historic opportunity to have a new, world class, front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Alvaro Morata.

Maybe, now that Madrid is in a full-blown scoring crisis, it sounds opportunistic.

But if we consider that this option was on the table, then blame must be laid at the feet of Zinedine Zidane, Florentino Perez and the rest of Real Madrid’s board.

They only had to choose Morata instead of Karim Benzema; the young man instead of the veteran, but Real were not brave enough.

Now they have to watch the youngster scoring for fun Chelsea.

Mbappe’s signature wan’t that complicated either.

The principle of a deal existed according to Monaco, and the conversations with the player and his father were more than on track.

Real only had to take one step: to move Gareth Bale on, a condition for the young Frenchman to sign and ensure that his playing time wasn’t dictated by BBC.

Once again, in Madrid, they weren’t prepared to budge.

The most difficult thing in the world of football is the renewal and freshening up of winning teams.

It happened to Barcelona with Ronaldinho and Vicente Del Bosque’s Spain in the 2014 World Cup.

Not to mention the many other teams that didn’t dare to take the step of renewing themselves in victory and not in defeat …

Now, with the league almost lost and Real paying the price of a lousy summer, in Madrid they are considering going all-out to find a proven goalscorer in the winter transfer market.

Icardi for 100 million? A Russian, Smolov, who plays in Krasnodar? No option is better than the front three that could’ve been but never was.

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