It has been clear for a long time that Cristiano Ronaldo has not been happy with life in Madrid. Since Rafael Benitez arrived in the summer, the ten-time Champions League winners have looked solid but lack attacking flair and ambition which has defined them since their talismanic number seven's transfer from Manchester United in 2009.
Gareth Bale's arrival further compounded his problems - with the world record signing taking some of the limelight away from Ronaldo. All in all, although he continues to perform at a level above every other player on the planet, with the obvious exception of his arch rival Lionel Messi, the Portuguese captain has looked disgruntled and frustrated so far this season and many think that he will be moving away from Real Madrid in the summer.
Ronaldo does not have a shortage of potential options should he decide to leave Los Blancos. In England, United have voiced their desire to bring back the man that they helped become a world superstar, and Manchester City and Chelsea certainly have the financial resources to pay for the ridiculously expensive transfer package.
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Another option could be a move to the MLS, but he would be forced to take a considerable pay cut if he were to move to America and he is still a player with too much to offer European football. As it stands, there is one club that appears to be in the driving seat for his signature for a number of reasons, and that club is Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG are not far away from being considered on the same level as the Bayern Munichs, Real Madrids and Barcelonas of this world. They have won the Ligue 1 title for the past three seasons and look nailed on to retain the trophy again this season. The Champions League remains elusive for the French giants, however, they have been knocked out at the quarter final stage of the past three competitions. This year they will be hoping to improve on this record.
Why PSG and Ronaldo would be such a good marriage is clear. The Portuguese star is the Champions League's all time goalscorer and has lifted the trophy with both United and Madrid. He knows how to win the world's most competitive club competition and would offer the Parisian club the experience, talent and inspiration to achieve their ambition. He is one of only a few players in the world that is capable of single-handedly leading a team to European glory.
For Ronaldo, the attraction of the PSG project is equally as obvious. When the Qatari's took over in 2011 their principal aim was to win the Champions League. For the two-time Ballon d'Or winner and his huge ego, he would love nothing more than being the man to deliver this long-awaited success for Les Parisiens.
Furthermore, Ronaldo has long been the most marketable football player in the world, one area where he undoubtedly eclipses Messi. For PSG, getting him on board would be a huge coup and a statement of intent that they are capable of luring one of the best two talents in world football today, and the commercial opportunities he would offer would be enormous.
Paris ideal for CR7
At present Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the marquee player in Paris, but with the 34-year-old's contract running out at the end of the season, there will be a space on the payroll for a player that commands huge wages, and can have as great of an impact as the record-breaking Swede has during his time there. The PSG hierarchy will be hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo can be this man.
With all the glitz and glam of Paris as a city, the move would work on a commercial level too for Ronaldo who is getting his own fashion brand up and running. For a man as image and style conscious as he is, there is no better place in the world to be based.
The move works on all levels. Both parties would benefit massively and recent speculation in the reliable Paris-based newspaper Le Parisien has further served to add to the hype, as Eurosport reports the paper as quoting Ronaldo saying to Laurent Blanc after their Champions League clash on Tuesday: "Your team plays very well, I would very much like to work with you."
Time will only tell whether the deal will happen, but if it does, it will undoubtedly be the biggest transfer in Ligue 1 history and also one of the most sensational that the football world has ever seen.
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