The 2014-2015 season was a bit of a topsy-turvy ride for Cristiano Ronaldo. He won the Ballon d'Or for the third and scored 61 goals, yet his team were not at their best, being injury-ridden for a fair part of the campaign and missing out key players on important occasions
How long can Ronaldo maintain his current steady stream of goals before Florentiono Perez decides that newer talent is required? And more importantly, will newer talent be able to full Ronaldo's very big boots?
Barcelona have a similar problem to face. Things looks cozy in the offing with the 'MSN' doing so well. But all good things must come to an end. Xavi Hernandez left Barcelona, after being
given the farewell of legends.
But Barcelona have to face the reality of losing similar stars. Andres Iniesta is pushing 32, Dani Alves may have signed a new deal but won't last a great deal longer, while Pedro Rodriguez has been relegated to the bench for quite some time.
Lionel Messi has had his moments but it is important to notice that he himself didn't score in the Champions League final. Messi, like Ronaldo, is starting to show a more human side. And Barcelona, like Real Madrid should start scouting for their replacements, but with lower expectations.
Messi and Ronaldo are sporting equivalent of geniuses. The problem with this is that both Real Madrid and Barcelona have to realise that geniuses are produced with big generation gaps and both the clubs have to prepare themselves not just to, eventually, having Messi and Ronaldo under-performing (by their standards) but also accepting second best as their replacements.
There was talk of making Gareth Bale the replacement for Ronaldo. But no matter how good he is, Bale is not Ronaldo: 17 goals is not the same as 61 goals. Same thing applies to say Neymar. 38 goals is not the same as 56 goals. Neymar is good. But he is not that good, not yet.
It is important that both Real Madrid and Barcelona recognise the requirement to plan for the future, or else they may be deprived of the talent required.