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Cristiano Ronaldo's intriguing question for Luis Scolari at Portuguese POTY ceremony

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After winning the Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo was nailed on to also lift Portugal's Player of the Year award.

The Real Madrid forward is touted by some as the finest footballer to ever hail from the European nation, although, Benfica legend Eusebio and fellow Los Blancos legend Luis Figo provide some stern competition for that accolade.

In the last 11 years, Ronaldo has lifted the CNID Footballer of the Year on no fewer than nine occasions, with Atletico Madrid's Simao in 2010 and teammate Pepe in 2014 the only ones to stop him holding complete dominance over the award.

At 33-years-old, Ronaldo is still going strong, with his four-goal haul in the 6-3 win over Girona on Sunday evening taking him to 22 La Liga goals for the season, just three behind Lionel Messi.

His current form is pretty ridiculous, scoring 21 goals in his last 11 games in all competitions, making him the most in-form player across Europe.

However, rumours still persist over his long-term future in Madrid and Luis Felipe Scolari - one of the high-profile attendees at his award ceremony and his former international manager - has added some serious fuel to that ever-growing fire.

The former Chelsea and Brazilian national coach told Esporte Interativo: "He has asked me more than once what life in China is like, Cristiano Ronaldo. Why is it that Ronaldo cannot go to China?

"Yes, he asked me what it's like to live in China, I gave him all the details. We also have to understand that Ronaldo has brands, there's an industry, China is the biggest country in the world. Then I told him what I always say: whoever has this opportunity has to go to China."

Interesting, very interesting.

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Scolari himself enjoyed a very impressive stint in China as a manager, taking Guangzahou Evergrande to three league titles between 2015 and 2017, while also winning 71 of his 118 games in charge.

This isn't the first time Ronaldo has been linked with a move to the Far East, with his agent Jorge Mendes stating back in December 2016 that Real Madrid had received a £250m from an unnamed Chinese Super League club, per BBC.

He said no on that occasion, but it sounds like he could be tempted in the future. He would just need to convince Real to sell...

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