Cristiano Ronaldo is still struggling to overcome a long-term knee injury and Real Madrid may look to sell the superstar if it doesn’t improve soon.
That’s according to El Mundo Deportivo, who report that Ronaldo’s dip in performance over the last four months can be attributable to another flare up of the forward’s lingering knee pain.
The Portuguese star has missed time with knee tendinitis before, and upon turning 30-years-old, specialists did warn that Ronaldo would find it increasingly difficult to return to his pre-injury levels.
In comparison to his superhuman performances through 2014, 2015 so far has been a big dissapointment with Real Madrid set to go trophy-less while their rivals Barcelona still hunt the treble.
Ronaldo was off the pace on Wednesday night in Madrid’s decisive Champions League semi-final against Juventus, and the report claims his knee problem is limiting his explosiveness.
‘Alarm bells' are reportedly going off at the Bernabeu, with the club desperate to find a solution - a key goal this summer will be to find a specialist for Ronaldo to help him manage the pain.
But the underlying problem of tendinitis is not thought to be fully curable without a long-term rest period - something Ronaldo is unlikely to agree to.
If he doesn’t find a way to help alleviate the pain though, Real Madrid may decide the best thing to do is to cash in while he still has suitors - the likes of Manchester United and PSG would certainly be interested should Ronaldo hit the market.
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