Cristiano Ronaldo could still leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and is closer to leaving than renewing his contract according to Spanish paper AS.
Ronaldo has been in imperious form so far this season and has 12 La Liga goals to his name already, while he is also the Champions League top scorer.
However that hasn’t stopped intense speculation about his future, and earlier this season the Portuguese superstar was unhappy with life at the Bernebeu and contemplating his future.
Ronaldo didn’t celebrate the two goals he scored against Granada earlier this season amidst rumours he wasn’t impressed with Real Madrid officials for not supporting his bid to win UEFA’s Best player in Europe award, which was claimed by Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta.
"I do not celebrate my goals when I am sad,” he said after the game. “I am sad due to a professional issue that the club knows about. That is why I was not celebrating."
The former Manchester United winger was also believed to be unhappy with his earnings in Spain, something he has since refuted.
"I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case," the forward said in September.
Now AS claim Ronaldo’s situation at Real Madrid has deteriorated to such an extent that he is considering leaving Spain at the end of the season.
Ronaldo is said to be unhappy with the lack of protection he receives from Madrid in comparison to the treatment Lionel Messi gets at Barcelona and isn’t given the respect he deserves by the club’s hierarchy.
AS claim matters have reached a head following Madrid’s win over Levante last weekend.
Ronaldo suffered a horrendous eye injury during the win but Madrid issued a statement after the game defending Pepe after his involvement in a post-match dressing room bust up rather than demanding more protection for the 27-year-old.
Potential suitors actually able to afford Ronaldo are few and far between, although the player himself apparently favours a move to the Premier League.
Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with an audacious move to land Ronaldo in the past, while Manchester City or Anzhi Makachkala are the only other clubs that could potentially afford him. Ronaldo himself recently praised his former manager at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, although a move back to Old Trafford appears unlikely.