According to Sky Sports and virtually every other news agency out there, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid and Spain this summer.
The Portuguese international is believed to be furious with the way he has been treated by the Spanish authorities concerning allegations that he owes the country £14.7million in taxes, something he has vehemently denied.
A summer move for Ronaldo would be quite incredible. The 32-year-old has become a club legend in Madrid and broken a whole host of records with Los Blancos. However, if he wants to leave, then no doubt the Spanish club are unlikely to stand in his way.
Most high profile transfer of the summer
Without a doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo moving clubs, even at 32 years old, would be the most high-profile transfer of the summer. It would blow any other players moves out of the water.
There are very few clubs in the world that could afford to sign the former Manchester United ace. There is reported interest from China, while French club PSG have also been mooted as a possible destination for Ronaldo.
However, the experienced star is now odds of 11/2 to return to United before the summer transfer window shuts. He no doubt enjoyed his time in Manchester. There has been talk in the past that Ronaldo and United boss Jose Mourinho do not get on, though.
If that is true then Ronaldo is unlikely to return to Old Trafford this summer. However, a return to United seems likely a logical move.
Ronaldo not appreciated at Real Madrid
There is no disputing that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the history of Real Madrid. Since his arrival at the Bernabeu back in 2009, he has won every trophy possible with Los Blancos, breaking records in the process.
Despite these achievements, there is a sense that the Portuguese forward is not the icon he should be in the Spanish capital. He does not help himself by coming across as selfish and arrogant at times. However, he deserves to be lorded by the Real Madrid fans, as he has played an important part in the club for close to a decade.
Real Madrid fans have whistled and booed Ronaldo while on the field. Then again, that is commonplace in Madrid. Even the biggest heroes can face the wrath of the Bernabeu crowd if they feel that said player is not performing.
Can you imagine Lionel Messi receiving the same treatment at Barcelona? The answer is no and Ronaldo may well be looking on in envy and thinking do these people really appreciate what I give them?
Ronaldo move would cause big ripples
If Cristiano Ronaldo moved elsewhere this summer it would cause major ripples in the transfer market. One example would be striker Alvaro Morata’s reported move away from Real Madrid to Manchester United.
Reports suggest that the Red Devils were in advanced talks to sign the Spanish international striker. However, any move is likely to be on hold, as Ronaldo’s future is decided.
The two reasons for this are that Los Blancos will want to retain Morata if Ronaldo leaves. The second reason is that United are unlikely to sign both Morata and Ronaldo this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a divisive character. Love him or loathe him it is undeniable that he is one of the best players of his generation. It seemed unlikely that he would ever leave Real Madrid.
However, it now seems like Cristiano Ronaldo has at least one more story to write at another club. In true Ronaldo fashion, it is likely to be a highly bronze story with an epic ending.
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