Manchester United fans, this is not a drill.
Well, according to a report from the Daily Mirror as there’s a growing feeling that this season could be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last in the Spanish capital. During a meeting last week, Real Madrid club president Florentio Perez failed to give senior officials at the club a definite answer on Ronaldo’s long-term future at the club.
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Ronaldo, 30, is set to be involved in a transfer tug of war next summer as both his former club United and French champions Paris Saint-Germain want to sign the three-time World Player of the Year and his current club Real is apparently eager to cash in on Ronaldo.
In February Ronaldo turns 31, but he still seems to be at the peak of his powers as he scored an astonishing 61 goals in 54 appearances last season and has scored eight goals in his last three games for Real this season.
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The reports claims that Real will demand a transfer fee of $140 million for Ronaldo, which is a world record, but given his age, the Spanish giants could sell for $110 million if either United or PSG stump up that cash.
Would Ronaldo really want to leave Real?
He has been at the Santiago Bernabeu for seven seasons (including the current campaign) and although he has won numerous personal accolades and broken goalscoring records galore, he has only led Real to one UEFA Champions League trophy and one La Liga title. Ronaldo adored his time at United after arriving from Sporting Lisbon at the age of 17 and the fans and management of United adore him. However, the feeling from Spain is that Ronaldo would prefer a fresh challenge in Paris and that’s where he’d rather go next summer. United have failed in previous attempts to sign Ronaldo since he left Old Trafford in 2009 and PSG also submitted a late bid for the Portuguese superstar this summer which Real’s president Florentino Perez turned down.
If he was to leave Real for United or PSG, both clubs could easily afford his $22 million per year wages as the incredible commercial machine that is “CR7” would more than offset his hefty wages and the transfer fee. But at the age of 31 when any transfer would likely occur next summer, would signing Ronaldo on a long-term contract for the latter stages of his career be a good idea?