Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas and vice captain Sergio Ramos are both set to leave Santiago Bernabeu this season.
Casillas is becoming out of favour at the club he served for a long time as the Spanish giants have targeted young Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea from Manchester United to be the successor of Saint Iker and Casillas is ready to move on to a new club to get first team action with FC Porto interested to sign the Spanish legend.
Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos is unhappy at Madrid and rejected any contract extension if not gets a significant salary hike and wants to leave the club with Manchester United closing on a deal to sign the World Cup winner.
Marca conducted a poll for Real fans that whom they wish to take on the captain’s armband if the duo departs.
The traditional route, which has reigned through Real Madrid’s history, would put Marcelo in line for first captain.
The Brazilian, after nine seasons at the club and 320 games, is the longest-serving member of the squad and, consequently, the one who would be selected for the honour of wearing Real’s armband.
However, some believe that a sudden Casillas and Ramos exit warrants a revision of this unwritten rule with another hopeful suitor hovering in the wings with Cristiano Ronaldo lining up for the armband.
The Portuguese 3 times Balon D’or winner is the team leader both on and off the field, with a Real Madrid pedigree based on six seasons at the club and having scored 313 goals in 300 games.
He is a legend who holds great sway over his teammates, is captain of his national team and has serious media pull.
The results show that, 61.4% of the almost 6,000 respondents would prefer Marcelo to inherit the captaincy, rather than Cristiano Ronaldo assuming the mantle.
However, 38.6% of the poll participants believe that the Ballon d’Or holder should be the next in line as captain in recognition of his sensational performances over the last six years.
Regardless of the supporters’ thoughts, Rafa Benítez will have the final say on the matter. One way or another, though, what is certain is that if Casillas and Ramos do both depart, Real Madrid will be skippered by a foreigner for just the second time.
Mexican midfielder José Ramón Sauto was the pioneer on this score, wearing the armband between 1942 and 1944.