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Inigo Martinez: 'Real Madrid fine without Cristiano Ronaldo'

Martinez: 'Madrid fine without Ronaldo'
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Athletic Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez insists that Real Madrid will be successful this season despite selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Athletic Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez has insisted that Real Madrid will be successful this season despite selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus during the summer transfer window.

Ronaldo scored 450 goals in 438 appearances for Los Blancos between 2009 and 2018 before leaving for Juventus, but the attacker is yet to get off the mark in Serie A.

Martinez has claimed that Madrid will find it difficult to individually replace Ronaldo, but has said that the European champions "will be fine" due to the overall strength of their team.

"We all know what Cristiano has given Real Madrid," Martinez told Goal.com. "All of those goals over the years will be difficult to match by a single player, but we are watching a different Madrid and there are the results. They are doing well.

"I was with [Julen] Lopetegui in the national team and he's a great coach. Surely they will be fine. But we always give it all against Real Madrid in San Mames. It is our party. We all want to win."

Madrid have started their 2018-19 La Liga campaign with three straight victories, and Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have thrived in the absence of Ronaldo.

Lopetegui's side will return to action after the international break with a trip to Bilbao on September 15.

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2Barcelona84311991015
3Atletico MadridAtletico843194515
4AlavesAlaves8422118314
5Real Madrid8422127514
6Espanyol8422117414
7Real Valladolid833276112
8Real Betis833256-112
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14Valencia816167-19
15GironaGirona82331013-39
16Villarreal822467-18
17Athletic Bilbao7142913-47
18Leganes8215712-57
19Rayo Vallecano7124715-85
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