Higuain and Ronaldo play different roles in my opinion. Ronaldo seems to set up a lot more goals for Higuain as well as scoring himself
Yes one would expect that from a world class winger...
However, I disagree. Respectively of course.
Ronaldo has only TWO more assists than Higuain. And I can remember Higuain assisting Ronaldo several times (vs. Osasuna to win the game in the late minutes, which was basically because of Higuain's perfect cross that Ronaldo just had to head home from point blank), and vs. Almeria early in the season (the one where Ronaldo looked like an idiot by struggling to get his shirt off, getting booked, and then getting booked again and earning red
which by the way did not exactly help his team at all).
Also, I'm not sure what you mean by "As well as scoring himself". Higuain has more goals this season. And Ronaldo also has FOUR penalties. At least two of which were because of Higuain. (Athletic Bilbao- Higuain's shot hitting Amorebieta's arm) (Villarreal- Higuain getting tripped inside the box) So Higuain is the cause of four of Ronaldo's goals at least tbh. Without penalties it's Higuain-27 Ronaldo- 22.
Higuain tends to be the finisher and not a lot else
One would expect that from a striker, and five assists isn't that bad. If I'm correct he made it to double digits in terms of assists last year.
I think Real Madrid would have been a lot further behind Barcelona if they didn't have Ronaldo compared to if they didn't have Higuain. Even the commentators were saying one game, that if Ronaldo played all the games this season and was not injured, Real Madrid could have won the league by now
I doubt it. Each have saved the season this year, Higuain's goals vs. Valencia, Ronaldo's goals vs. Malaga. I think that is an invalid point, and it is DEFINITELY hypothetical, as you mentioned.
I think they will keep Higuain and load off Benzema in the summer.
I hope they do.