Real Madrid sign Cristiano Ronaldo replacement

Real Madrid has re-signed Mariano from Lyon after the forward spent only 14 months playing in Ligue 1.

The deal, worth approximately 23m euros, was announced on Real Madrid’s official and Twitter account.

Mariano, a player of Dominican-Spanish decent who chose to represent the Dominican Republic at international level spent part of his development at Real Madrid. The 25-year-old played for one season in the Los Blancos youth setup before moving through the senior ranks between 2012 and 2017.

The forward played 46 times for Real Madrid C, 44 times for Real Madrid B, and made 8 appearances for the first team. Despite his potential and the effort which Real Madrid put into his development, Mariano moved to Lyon in June 2017 for a fee of approximately 8m euros.

The tall striker has enjoyed a great spell at Lyon, scoring 18 goals in just 37 appearances. It is this form which has encouraged Real Madrid to move for his services after a brief stint away from the Bernebeau. The club has been seeking a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and while Mariano is nowhere near that level yet, Julen Lopetegui believes there is much more to come from the Dominican international.

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