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Cristiano Ronaldo is being tracked by Bayern Munich

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Cristiano Ronaldo will certainly not be short of potential destinations in the event that he does decide to leave Real Madrid in the future, with reports suggesting that the Ballon d'Or winner is being tracked by Bayern Munich.

Premier League rivals Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have already been heavily linked with the Portuguese international in recent weeks and, according to the Daily Star, Bundesliga champions Bayern - along with French giants Paris Saint-Germain - are also closely monitoring the situation moving forward.

Ronaldo - Fed up at Real?

Having only outlined his commitment to Real with a new five-year deal believed to be worth a cool £290,000-per-week last year, the first rumblings of a disconnect between Ronaldo and the La Liga giants appeared to surface publicly during the summer transfer window following the relatively unpopular sales of Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso.

Indeed, if former club president Ramon Calderon - the man who oversaw Ronaldo's arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu back in 2009 - is to be believed, then the respective departures of that aforementioned duo were the latest in a line of questionable moves that may have led to the enormously talented 29-year-old becoming 'fed up' with Real's direction under the stewardship of Florentino Perez.

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An attractive proposition?

Quite how attractive a proposition Bayern could be to Ronaldo at this stage of his stellar career is unclear, particularly given Real's numerous run-ins with manager Pep Guardiola during his highly successful spell in charge of Barcelona.

However, there is no no doubt that the Germans enjoy a lofty reputation as one of Europe's most formidable clubs and such a switch would hardly seem to represent a backwards step for the former Sporting Lisbon starlet.

Manchester United favourites

Despite supposed interest from a number of reputable clubs from across the continent, one still imagines that Manchester United will remain favourites to secure a quite sensational return for the man they helped to develop into the bona fide superstar he is today.

Ronaldo never worked particularly hard to disguise his desire to one day represent Real Madrid, yet to his credit he has always spoken very positively indeed about the Red Devils in the five years since his big-money transfer.

"Manchester United are one of my favourite clubs, everyone knows that every time when I speak about Real Madrid I speak about Manchester United, I loved it there," he said in August.

"It was like my second family there, so I’ll not forget that the people treat me good. I love Manchester United and to go back... With football you never know.

"Of course, I’m happy at Real Madrid - it’s my home, my club - but Manchester United treated me unbelievable so you never know."

Financial demands

If Manchester United or indeed the likes of Chelsea or Bayern Munich do indeed intend on enticing Ronaldo, then it it would appear that quite a hefty financial package would be required to do so.

As well as bettering or at least matching his current extravagant wages, the prevailing opinion is that it could take a fee of around £60 million to tempt Real into parting with one of the sport's all-time greatest assets.

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