While Ronaldo’s exit from Madrid has left behind a massive hole at the club, Alves, who played at Barcelona from 2008-2016, feels his former Spanish rivals are even more formidable now.
“I think that, contrary to what everybody thinks, Madrid is more of a team without Cristiano,” Alves told Marca.
“Now it’s a bit more difficult than it was before, before it was complicated for the opposition but focused a lot on Cristiano, and now it’s a bit more dangerous, at least because of how I see football and my concept of the game.
“Madrid are more of a team now, it is obvious that Cristiano is a brutal loss for Madrid, but Madrid are Madrid.”
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