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Cristiano Ronaldo should consider Real Madrid departure next summer

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be 31 by the end of the 2015/16 season and will have accomplished what he set out to do when joining Real Madrid in 2009.

It was a stated aim from the Portuguese that he wanted to become the club's greatest ever goalscorer.

As of this moment, he is just 10 goals behind Raul, who took 16 years and 740 appearances to amass his total of 323 goals for Los Blancos.

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In a sign of just how efficient Ronaldo is in goalscoring terms, he has taken just 300 games to reach his total of 313.

If he were to score 30+ goals in 2015/16 which, let's face it, is well within his capabilities, then Ronaldo will simultaneously hold Madrid's all-time scoring records for League, Cup, Europe and total goals.

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Time to move on

It would then be an opportune time to move on. Why?

Because Ronaldo has been aware almost from day one that he was never really wanted at Real.

His was a purchase of previous president Ramon Calderon who was ousted at the last elections by current incumbent Florentino Perez.

The notion that he was "sad" some time ago was directly attributed to the lack of love he felt from those at the top end of the club and for whom he was, and still is, giving so much.

It certainly wouldn't be a wrench for him to leave a club who are notorious for their in-fighting and squabbling.

United return?

An obvious destination would be back to Manchester United who would welcome him with open arms and who he promised he would return to upon leaving Old Trafford.

Real, and in particular Rafael Benitez, won't let him go without a fight but there would simply be no motivation left for the Portuguese to stay in the Spanish capital.

Always noted for his individualistic attitude, there's no point denying that Ronaldo is a winner. So he shows a little disrespect if he doesn't score. So what! Ask any striker what makes them tick and it is goals, goals, goals.

Trophies are a pre-requisite too of course, and for a team that has cost over a billion pounds to build, it's a wonder how only one La Liga and one Champions League has been achieved over the same time period that Barcelona have won two trebles as a start point.

Job done

That Real's under achievement has often been blamed on Ronaldo is a little rich, but is yet another reason why his stay in Madrid has been anything but harmonious.

The locals even took to booing him during various stages of the last campaign. Given his demonstrable work-ethic and goals output for the side, such vitriol from the stands is not only unwarranted and unnecessary, but pretty disgusting.

Once he passes Raul's mark during the early part of the new season, Ronaldo can at least look back on a job well done.

Whatever anyone says about the player at this point of his career, he will go down in history as the greatest and most prolific scorer to have ever pulled on the white shirt.

Mission accomplished. Game over.

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