Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid could be imminent.
The future of the Portuguese star has been heavily discussed in recent months and according to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Madrid realise now is the time to sell their star man.
At 31, Ronaldo’s price tag is waning. Madrid believe they could fetch €60 million by selling him in the summer. Sources close to Cristiano believe he is seeking a move at the end of the campaign in order to earn one last mega deal.
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One difficulty Los Blancos face, however, is finding a club willing to pay Ronaldo’s enormous wages. Sport believe the winger will request a staggering €20-25m per season.
Ronaldo’s best years are beyond him and he may need to tweak those demands in order to seal a move from the Santiago Bernabeu.
A return to Manchester United has been posed, while Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be interested.
Ronaldo admitted last year that he wants to end his career at a respected club and Manchester United and PSG certainly qualify.
Yet Balague’s report contradicts the forward’s recent statement that he wanted to see out his contract at Madrid.
“For me this (La Liga) is the best league in the world,” he told Spanish sports paper Marca, per the Manchester Evening News. “It's a privilege to be here.
“I want to be here for a couple more years and then we'll see. That's the duration of my contract and I want to give my all in that time.”
Ronaldo joins the pantheon of United greats
Ronaldo has become Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer in his seven seasons at the club and will join Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Raul and Zinedine Zidane as one of the greatest to ever don the famous white shirt.
So it’s a shame that his Madrid career appears to be coming to an end over a financial dispute.
Ronaldo has helped bring one La Liga title, two Copa del Reys and one Champions League trophy to the Bernabeu and probably expected a show of loyalty from his club as a result.
It’s not as if there has been a significant drop-off in his performances, either. Ronaldo leads the race for the Spanish Golden Boot on 29 goals and has found the net 42 times in total.
Move to PSG makes sense
He’s certainly worth a punt at €60m, even if it’s just for three seasons. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic reportedly on his way out of PSG, it’s easy to imagine Ronaldo taking his place as the star man in the French capital.
Ibrahimovic, 34, has scored 30 goals in Ligue 1 this season. Ronaldo would expect to dominate for several years if he moved to the French champions.