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Cristiano Ronaldo names the one player he would sign for Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo wields a significant amount of power at Real Madrid and you suspect if he wanted Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane to sign a specific player they would listen.

The 31-year-old, who is expected to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or award ahead of Lionel Messi, has just earned himself a new five-year contract at the Bernabeu and is now expected to end his career with the Spanish giants - despite the fact he plans on playing on until his 40s.

Ronaldo remains one of the world’s very best players but which footballer - if he had the choice - would he bring to the Spanish capital to play alongside him?

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The Portuguese forward was asked by German magazine 11 Freund which player he would sign from either Borussia Dortmund or Bayern Munich and his answer was a little surprising.

He could have chosen Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or his fellow Portugal international, Renato Sanches.

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Ronaldo names the player he would sign for Madrid

However, Ronaldo instead went for another of his compatriots, the Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro.

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"Perhaps my team-mate in Portugal, Raphael Guerreiro,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by Goal.

Guerreiro is a star in the making

In fairness to Ronaldo, Guerreiro is a fantastic full-back with an extremely bright future ahead of him.

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Only 22, the French-born defender is already a European Champion - he was part of the Portugal side that won Euro 2016 in the summer - and is playing regularly for Dortmund following his €12 million summer move from Lorient.

Wonder what Marcelo will make of Ronaldo's answer...

But we’re not sure that Marcelo - and, to a lesser extent, Fabio Coentrao - will be particularly happy with Ronaldo’s answer.

The former Manchester United star, however, was put on the spot by the journalist and he answered honestly.

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If Guerreiro continues his current career trajectory, it wouldn’t be a shock if Madrid did attempt to sign him in the future.

For now, though, Guerreiro is very much a Borussia Dortmund player while Los Blancos are more than happy with Marcelo.

The attack-minded Brazilian full-back is a reliable performer for Madrid and doesn’t turn 29 until May.

Would Raphael Guerreiro be a good signing for Real Madrid in the future? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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