So, Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy at Real Madrid, again. Where can he go to rediscover his bonhomie?
Spanish newspaper AS has run a report claiming the former Manchester United star is closer to leaving at the end of the season than renewing his deal with Real Madrid.
It claims this latest bout follows on from Ronaldo’s admission a few weeks ago that he was not happy with his situation at the Santiago Bernabeu, though the reasons around this apparent discontent were secretive.
So, how can you make Cristiano Ronaldo happy, short of rigging the Ballon d’Or in favour of him over Lionel Messi?
GMF came up with a number of possible solutions to the Portugal captain’s woes; here they are…
Join the French revolution
PSG have already splashed out major amounts on marquee stars to try and entice a market to the confoundedly barren football land of Paris, one of the world’s biggest cities.
The new owners also have major stakes in the Al Jazeera television network and they appear desperate to have some kind of presence on the European stage; namely, the Champions League.
Man of the moment, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has led them to the summit of Ligue 1, but he does not have quite the same attraction as Cristiano Ronaldo. PSG can pay Ronaldo the astronomical wages it would require for him to accept such a step down in class and he could become the true flagship of a new power in world football.
He is the talisman of the Real Madrid side, but that is a club with a heritage so rich no one player could make a dent on, in terms of personnel reputation and legacy being synonymous with a club’s name. PSG, meanwhile, are waiting for a legend to propel them to greatness.
Become re-United with his “father”
Ronaldo recently gave an interview to CNN where he admitted to missing his former manager at Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson, stating the Scot to be “like a father” to him.
Ferguson was the man responsible for nurturing such a precocious and mercurial talent into one of the two best players in world football. A man who commanded a world record £80million transfer fee, who broke numerous records with Real Madrid and has become a powerhouse of the modern game.
A return to United seems unlikely, but the openness with which he has recently lamented the loss of Ferguson’s influence suggest he may not be averse to a return to Old Trafford – the Red Devils boss is hardly going to join Madrid.
Signing for Manchester City would likely get him a bigger salary, but you feel he would pass up any opportunity to travel to the other side of his former city after hearing the affection he evidently feels for Ferguson.
Real Madrid, show him the money…or whatever it is he wants
Why is Cristiano Ronaldo unhappy at Real Madrid? How can a club the stature of the Primera Division champions have been so remiss allowed such a player recede into discontent.
Even a man with the ego of Jose Mourinho could do nothing but admit the superstar of the Santiago Bernabeu is the key component to the current Madrid era.
On the pitch, Real’s toppling of Barcelona last season was centred around Ronaldo’s incredible scoring record – not just the volume, but the numerous key goals in pressure situations.
Off the pitch, Ronaldo’s name is selling the one selling the shirts around the world; Ronaldo’s rivalry with Lionel Messi is drawing in the television viewers, and so the lucrative broadcasting deals; it is Ronaldo’s unhappiness that leads to talks of crisis and unrest at the club.
While it is important for a club not to be held to ransom by any player, especially a club with history as rich as Real’s, but occasionally special players need special treatment.
The Real Madrid hierarchy have a player on their books that, along with Messi, is taking record-breaking to new heights and does not look like stopping any time soon – losing him through inaction would be inexcusable incompetence.