Julen Lopetegui’s father has said that Real Madrid had “stolen 50 goals from my son” after failing to find a quality replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo who won 16 trophies and scored 450 goals in nine seasons at Real was sold to Juventus for €100 million in July, 2018 following the Portugal captain’s request to be transferred.
Real have struggled without Ronaldo and on Sunday, October 28, 2018 they fell to Barcelona losing 5:1 at the Camp Nou.
With this defeat Lopetegui’s Real dropped to ninth in La Liga, with additional pressure on the coach.
Speaking on Ronaldo, Jose Antonio told El Mundo before Sunday’s Clasico that:
“Cristiano Ronaldo was good. Was he cocky? We all have defects.
“But it turns out he [Ronaldo] scored 50 goals [a season]. He is missing. You are missing a prominent goal scorer. They haven’t brought one, not a single one.
“There was talk of Neymar and others but no one came. They have stolen 50 goals from my son”.
Madrid’s only attacking additions were Mariano Diaz, who they resigned after a season with Lyon and Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr, who has made only two substitute league appearances and has played mostly for their reserves.
Asked if Real had left his son exposed, he said:
“Yes. He has to settle with what he has. Don’t get me wrong, he is delighted with the players he has.
“He usually says: ‘I have great people, they give everything they’ve got’. He doesn’t blame the players. But when there is no material, there isn’t. There was but he [Ronaldo] left”.