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Ronaldo Wants Real Madrid to Sign Philippe Coutinho

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No, not that Ronaldo. Unless you were thinking of the Brazilian Ronaldo.

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Former Real Madrid striker and Brazil legend Ronaldo has said he hopes to see his former side sign Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho next summer. Speaking to Radio Onda Cero today, the Rio-born striker who scored 352 goals in his 20-year career identified Coutinho as his the player he’d most like to see move to Spain.

“I would like to see Coutinho at Real Madrid,” Ronaldo said when asked about potential Real Madrid targerts. He then clarified that he indeed meant Coutinho "the Liverpool player” and wasn’t instead talking about 34-year-old Gino Coutinho, AZ Alkmaar’s reserve goalkeeper and a former Dutch youth international.

However, it’s difficult to see where Coutinho would fit in at Madrid currently or who the Spanish giants would be better off moving on from to make way for him. There’s also the fact that in the past, when there have been rumours linking Coutinho with a Spanish move, they have always tended to involve Barcelona.

In part that’s because of the presence of Neymar, Coutinho’s national team teammate, and former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez. The presence of both would seem to make Barcelona a more likely destination, though again there are questions as to where and how Coutinho would fit into their current side.

During his interview, Ronaldo also pointed to Neymar and Suarez—along with Lionel Messi—as the three best players in the world today, relegating current Real Madrid superstar and fellow human being named Ronaldo to also-ran status.