To any club interested in signing Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, today’s your lucky day.
According to Spanish publication AS, the Portuguese star’s efforts this season have seen his market value fall by €10 million.
Yes, you read that correctly. Despite scoring 34 goals already this campaign, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner is cheaper now than he was at the start of the season.
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AS got their information from Transfermarkt, a site that specialises in the figures involved in signings.
And they’ve also explained why Madrid would fetch less by selling the star in the summer.
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This is Ronaldo’s seventh season in the Spanish capital and his La Liga goals per game ratio of 0.85 is the worst it’s been during his time at the club. In 26 league games, the 31-year-old has scored 22 goals for a return that most players would be chuffed with.
Not Ronaldo. Last year he netted 48 times in 35 matches, giving him a stunning ratio of 1.37 goals per game.
In fact, this year marks the first in which he hasn’t averaged a goal per game since his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009-10.
That could have something to do with Ronaldo’s growing inaccuracy. Two seasons ago the winger averaged 3.10 shots on target per game, but that number has dropped this year to 2.58.
The report adds that the bulk of Ronaldo’s goals have arrived against weaker opposition and a quick look at his record proves that is the case.
Eight of his 22 goals arrived against Espanyol, who are 14th in the table, and another six came in the Champions League double-header against Malmo.
But he didn’t score once in the two Madrid derbies and failed to hit the target in November’s all-important El Clasico, which Los Blancos lost 4-0.
It’s hard not to read a report like AS’s and wonder what the future holds for Ronaldo. No club will pay his release clause - which stretches to £1 billion, according to ESPN FC - but it’s certainly conceivable that the former Manchester United star will not see out the rest of his contract, which expires in 2018.
Fresh doubts were raised after Ronaldo launched a stinging attack on his teammates following Madrid’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
He told reporters after the game: “If they were all as good as me, we'd probably be top,” per Marca.
Ronaldo later backtracked on his comments, telling the same paper: “When I say that, I am talking about my fitness level, not my level as a player. I am no better than any of my teammates.”
Whether Sergio Ramos and co. are willing to forgive Ronaldo is unclear. He has some serious grovelling to do.
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