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Cristiano Ronaldo ready to leave Real Madrid - reports

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Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to walk away from Real Madrid according to reports in Spain. 

The Portuguese superstar ended the season as La Liga's top scorer but that didn't help Madrid secure any silverware after they missed out on the title to Barcelona.

Spanish newspaper Sport say that finishing as runners-up, as well as manager Carlo Ancelotti's sacking and his impending replacement by Rafa Benitez, has prompted Ronaldo to think twice about his future.

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The 30-year-old has been linked with a return to Manchester United for some time now, and Madrid's travails this season could impact on his decision. Under Ancelotti Real Madrid claimed a record 10th European crown last year, but were knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus at the semi-final stage earlier this month.

The Italian boss was subsequently let go by club president Florentino Perez despite Ronaldo's public support for him, and with reports suggesting the Benitez will be named as his surprise replacement the former Manchester United man is said to be considering his options.

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Ronaldo penned a new contract with Real Madrid in 2013 which lasts until 2018 but is unlikely to see it out, and could even make a move back to Old Trafford. 

Concerns

Sport add that another concern for Ronaldo is Perez's backing of Gareth Bale, who has flopped this season. The former Tottenham man, who joined Real Madrid for a record fee in 2013, was booed by sections of his own fans for his performances this season and has also been linked with a switch to Manchester United.

Sport say that Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes is preparing the ground for a move and will listen to offers. Whether Manchester United are prepared to make their move remains to be seen. 

The Red Devils are expected to spend big this summer but would have to blow the majority of their budget in order to land Ronaldo once more. 

Opinion

It is worth noting that Sport is a Catalan newspaper so have something of an agenda against Real Madrid - however there is likely to be a semblance of truth to the report. 

After Jose Mourinho's tempestuous reign Ancelotti bought calm and delivered the Champions League and Ronaldo evidently supports the Italian judging by his tweet earlier this week. He wrote, alongside a picture of the pair together: "Great coach and amazing person. Hope we work together next season."

He is unlikely to be happy with the appointment of Benitez who has a reputation for being overly-defensive and a little joyless. 

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