Throughout the summer Cristiano Ronaldo has been strongly linked to Manchester United and it seemed that his most likely destination was Old Trafford. However if the star becomes available Manchester City would most definitely be in the running for his signature.
In contrast, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said he is trying to get Ronaldo to retire in the Spanish capital by making him the highest payed player in the world. Ronaldo however has fuelled speculation on him leaving by admitting that the reports of him signing a contract renewal at the club are untrue.
With the biggest clubs in Europe after Ronaldo's signature it seems only a matter of time until he will no longer be wearing a Madrid jersey. The Portuguese ace is unlikely to end up at City as he has continually stated his love for the Red Devils.
But that could change if the Blues offer the star a lucrative deal and pay him more than United can offer, which is not something City would struggle with.
Lionel Messi is reportedly on €500,000 a week making him the highest paid player on the planet. Ronaldo wants that and more so he can have take back the label of the best paid player in the world once again.
With two years left on Ronaldo's contract and at 28 years of age, this may be the last time Madrid will ever be able to make a profit on the superstar. With Barcelona signing Neymar - a player of world class quality, you would think Madrid will be doing everything they can to hold on to their best players.
But even if they do keep hold of Ronaldo they may still be short of quality compared to their main rivals. If Perez does eventually allow Madrid and Ronaldo to part ways, Madrid fans will most certainly be very worried about the new season.
Realistically, it would seem likely that he would favor a move to United and this would once again make United a force to be reckoned with not only in the Premier League, but also in Europe. Whilst City have the financial muscle to tempt the wing wizard to United's city rivals.
Ronaldo won his only Champions League medal with Manchester United in 2008 where he was named UEFA footballer of the year and UEFA forward of the year.
With only a solitary La Liga title and Spanish cup to his name since 2009, could you deem Ronaldo's spell at Madrid unsuccessful? Or maybe he was just unlucky that the best team in the world in Barcelona ruined his reign along with the best player in the world in Messi pipping him to almost everything as well.
Either way, if he does decide to flee the Spanish capital there will be no shortage of takers for his signature.
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