Cristiano Ronaldo shocked the world this week by reportedly stating he is unhappy in Spain and is ready to leave Real Madrid.
Despite winning his third Champions League crown with the club, Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy at the club.
It is believed that Ronaldo is “upset” following the recent tax evasion accusations made by the Spanish authorities.
The 32-year-old has a £875m release clause in his contract at the Bernabeu if he did decide to leave the club and bookmakers are already offering odds on his next destination.
According to the Telegraph, Ronaldo’s decision to leave is irreversible.
The Portuguese superstar has evolved into one of the greatest’s players following his move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
His record in Madrid is simply astonishing. The Portugal international has scored 406 goals in just 394 appearances – registering 111 assists and making him the club’s all-time top goalscorer.
We take a look at where Ronaldo could be playing next season…
MANCHESTER UNITED (7/4)
If Ronaldo does decide to leave, former club Manchester United are the favourites to land his signature.
The Portuguese winger left the club in 2009 after spending six incredible years in Manchester. United were powerless to resist when Madrid came calling with a record bid.
Jose Mourinho has managed Ronaldo before during his time at Real Madrid and would jump at the chance to be reunited with his countryman.
One of the main sticking points in any deal for Ronaldo would be money. He signed a new five-year-deal last November with Forbes estimating he is the highest paid athlete in the world.
But transfer fee and wages would be no issue for United – who broke the world transfer record last summer to re-sign Paul Pogba.
United are back in the Champions League and are in the market for a marquee signing, with Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku being constantly linked with moves to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have also freed up their wage budget by allowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave the club. Who better to replace him than Ronaldo?
PARIS ST GERMAIN (4/1)
Equally as powerful in the transfer market, Paris Saint-Germain are one of the few clubs that could afford to lure Ronaldo from Madrid.
The Qatar Sports Investment group took over the club back in 2011 – making them one of the richest teams in the world. They oversaw a huge squad overhaul and reaped the rewards, PSG winning four league titles since the takeover.
PSG’s main objective is to be dominant on the European stage after establishing themselves as the best team in France, hence why they hired Unai Emery who had led Sevilla to multiple Europa League crowns.
However, Monaco lifted the Ligue 1 title last season and PSG were knocked out of the Champions League in remarkable fashion to Barcelona meaning the Parisians will be eager to address some issues before the new season.
Emery has been afforded more time at the club and will be given a marquee signing this summer to improve the side’s fortunes with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rumoured to be their number one target.
PSG are long-term admirers of Ronaldo and would love the chance to bring him to France, having entered talks regarding a transfer two-years-ago.
The French club also wears Nike – a brand that is Ronaldo’s main sponsor – meaning the American manufacturers could also push for a deal considering their main rivals Adidas sponsors Madrid and United.
CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE (6/1)
It is no surprise to see Ronaldo being linked with a move to China following an influx of European-based players moving to Asia.
Carlos Tevez became the highest paid player in the world following his move to Shanghai Shenhua from Boca Juniors – reportedly pocketing around £615,000-per-week.
Given Ronaldo’s status in the world game, it would not be a shock to see the Portuguese superstar take home even more than the Argentine.
The winger would no doubt be tempted by the riches of China, seeking one last huge pay day before his career is over.
However, a move to the Chinese Super League could be in doubt if new rules sought by the Chinese FA are put into place.
To stop the extravagant spending by clubs, the FA are adding new taxation laws which would double the price of any player signed for over €5.9m which could scupper a deal for CR7.
Major League Soccer (12/1)
Ronaldo could become the latest player in a long list of stars to make a move from Europe to the United States and the MLS.
Frank Lampard, Kaka, Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry are just some of the big name players that have ended their career in the States.
Ronaldo admitted last year that he had an interest in ending his playing career in America as it would be an ‘easy option for him.’
The 32-year-old would be a huge coup for the MLS who are looking to continue the development of their league.
New York City and LA Galaxy are the favourites to sign him should he decide to move across the pond.
REAL MADRID (1/2)
Despite the rumours regarding his future, Real Madrid remain favourites as to where Ronaldo will be playing his football next season.
He has become an icon at the club and is set to win his fifth Ballon d’Or following Madrid’s La Liga and Champions League trophy.
Madrid are under no obligation to sell the player if no-one is willing to meet the massive buy-out clause in his contract.
This transfer saga is set to dominate the headlines this summer, with many more twists and turns expected.
Ronaldo may be unhappy with the tax evasion allegations, but angling for a move could be a smart business move by his agent Jorge Mendes, who may be looking for an improved contract for his client.
It is not the first time Ronaldo had pulled a stunt like this as back in 2012 when he revealed he was “sad” at Real Madrid and the club knew why.
Don’t be surprised to see Ronaldo commit his future to his current employers.
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