Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has today been linked with a big-money move to Chelsea and many fans are probably pretty excited by the possibility of the three-time Ballon d’Or winner plying his trade at Stamford Bridge.
But there are multiple reasons - five of them listed below - why the Blues must avoid signing the Portuguese superstar.
There’s no denying Ronaldo is one of the best footballers of his generation - one of the greatest players of all time, even - but that doesn’t mean to say he’d be a guaranteed success in west London.
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Chelsea have had their fingers burnt on a couple of occasions over the past 10 years when it comes to signing older players for huge money.
If they have learned anything from signing the likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres, it’s hard to imagine Roman Abramovich doing something stupid like breaking the club’s transfer record for an ageing Ronaldo. Which leads us nicely on to our first reason…
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He’s starting to decline as a footballer
Ronaldo fans don’t want to acknowledge this, but it’s clear that the former Manchester United star has entered the very early stages of decline.
The 30-year-old is no longer the explosive winger who’d beat players for fun with speed, power and multiple step-overs. These days it’s actually pretty rare to see him dribble the ball around opponents.
That’s not to say he’s no longer a world-class player. Alongside Lionel Messi, he’s still the best.
However, should Chelsea pay a fortune for a player whose best days are behind him? It’d be a mistake if they do.
He won’t play as a centre-forward
Ronaldo is a goal machine who doesn’t like playing as a centre-forward.
The Portuguese feels most comfortable playing from the left flank, where he has spent his entire career up to now, because it provides him with the freedom he believes he needs to work his magic.
Chelsea already have Eden Hazard for the left-wing role. That’s not a problem position for the Blues.
What they need is a striker who can occupy opposition centre-backs and bang in 25-plus goals a season.
Rafael Benitez tried to convince Ronaldo to play as a central striker in the summer, but he wasn’t having any of it.
Jose Mourinho would have the same problem.
He’s a too obsessed with his own achievements
If Ronaldo isn’t scoring goals, he’s not happy. His team can win 5-0 but if he hasn’t scored at least one them, he’ll walk off the pitch with the hump.
Now, you could argue that insatiable hunger to be the match winner, the hero, is one of the reasons why he has reached the very top of his profession.
But there have been times at Real Madrid where he has been far too selfish. Keeping up with Lionel Messi and breaking records has often appeared more important to the forward than winning matches or trophies.
He’s not a team player, it’s as simple as that.
Transfer fee and astronomical wages
Just imagine the sort of money Chelsea would need to pay Real Madrid to sign Ronaldo.
Then imagine the ridiculous amount of cash they would need to pay Ronaldo himself to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are best off using that cash to strengthen in several key areas.
A replacement for John Terry is required, as is a new top-class central midfielder to partner Nemanja Matic and a new striker to ease the goalscoring burden on Diego Costa.
Signing Ronaldo would even leave the billionaire-backed Chelsea scratching around for loose change.
Eden Hazard is a better long-term option
The Sun claim that Eden Hazard could be one of the Chelsea players sold to finance a move for Ronaldo. If this happens, the Blues faithful should call for Abramovich to leave the club.
Hazard is the best player at Chelsea. Okay, so he hasn’t performed well this season but don’t forget what he achieved last term.
The 24-year-old will soon rediscover his best form and those who doubted him will be made to look very foolish.
Due to the fact he is six years younger than Ronaldo, it’s natural that Hazard will soon be widely regarded as the better player.
Selling a player with the potential to win a Ballon d’Or over the next few years for a star name entering decline would be madness.
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