Cristiano Ronaldo: Which club will the Juventus forward sign for next?

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Cristiano Ronaldo could be on his way out of Juventus at the end of the season.

It was reported by Sport on Monday that Juve have decided to cash-in on the Portuguese legend, who turns 36 in February, mainly for financial reasons.

The Italian giants want to recoup part of the £100 million they paid Real Madrid in 2018 and, more importantly, get his astronomical wages off their books.

Ronaldo has been excellent for Juve, scoring 71 goals in 94 games and leading the club to two Serie A titles, although he hasn’t been able to achieve the club’s primary objective so far.

Juventus signed Ronaldo to help them become European champions for the first time since 1996, but they crashed out of the 2018-19 Champions League in the quarter-finals after losing to Ajax and were knocked out of last season’s tournament by Lyon in the Round of 16.

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Despite that, Ronaldo has still been Juve’s best performer over the past two-and-a-half seasons - but his employers reportedly no longer feel they can justify his staggering €31 million-per-season (£28 million) salary as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

So, where will Ronaldo be plying his trade next season? Let’s take a look…

Inter Miami
Chances of happening: 7/10

Inter Miami owner David Beckham would sign Cristiano Ronaldo in a heartbeat if the opportunity arises and the numbers made sense.

Would a move to Major League Soccer appeal to Ronaldo at this stage in his career? The five-time Ballon d’Or winner may feel that he still belongs at the highest level of European football, but his former Manchester United and Portugal teammate Nani believes he will eventually move to America.

“A couple of years ago, he told me that he will probably end up in America,” the Orlando City star told reporters. “It's not 100 per cent but probably. There is a chance.”

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Real Madrid
Chances of happening: 2/10

Did Real Madrid sell Ronaldo too soon? Probably, yes. Will they re-sign him in 2021? Probably not, no.

Ronaldo will forever be a Real Madrid legend after scoring a mind-blowing 450 goals in 438 appearances but that chapter of his illustrious career is now over.

Why would he run the risk of potentially leaving his legacy at Madrid even slightly tarnished?

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Bayern Munich
Chances of happening: 2/10

Bayern Munich already possess a world-class goalscorer in Robert Lewandowski, who is several years younger than Ronaldo.

They have also dominated German and European football over the past 12 months, so signing a 36-year-old Ronaldo ahead of the 2021-21 season would make very little sense.

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Manchester United
Chances of happening: 4/10

Many Manchester United fans still love Ronaldo thanks to his unforgettable six-year spell at Old Trafford during the 2000s.

Ed Woodward and the Glazer family might be salivating at the revenue his fairytale return would potentially generate for the club.

They’d be less keen to pay his massive wages, mind.

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Any Chinese Club
Chances of happening: 2/10

Ronaldo in China? We just can’t see it.

Chinese clubs certainly have the money to tempt Ronaldo, but it’s hard to imagine the Portuguese superstar opting for cash over the chance to experience glory elsewhere in Europe or America.

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Paris Saint-Germain
Chances of happening: 9/10

Now we’re talking.

A move to Paris Saint-Germain appears to tick all the boxes for Ronaldo.

The Parisians can afford his wages and, at the same time, offer him the opportunity to live in one of the world’s best cities.

Furthermore, he would have the chance to become a PSG legend by helping the club win the Champions League for the first time in their history. If he achieved that particular feat, it would also add weight to the argument that Ronaldo is the greatest footballer in history.

Even if PSG had to sell one of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe to finance a deal for Ronaldo, last season’s Champions League finalists would still be among the favourites to win Europe’s premier cup competition.

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Manchester City
Chances of happening: 1/10

Man Utd will always occupy a special place in Ronaldo’s heart, so it’s very difficult to envisage him moving to Manchester City.

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Sporting Lisbon
Chances of happening: 3/10

The standard of Portuguese football isn’t quite what it was, which means a romantic return to Sporting for Ronaldo is very unlikely.

Maybe in a few years’ time, but we can’t see it happening just yet.

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Wolves
Chances of happening: 3/10

Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent, is an advisor to Wolves and some of his clients have ended up playing under Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux.

Will Ronaldo follow suit? Unless they’re playing in the Champions League, there’s no chance. And even then it’s pretty unlikely.

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Barcelona
Chances of happening: 0/10

If Lionel Messi leaves Barcelona when his contract expires next summer, imagine if the Catalan club approached Ronaldo to replace the Argentine forward.

Although this would obviously be pure scenes, there’s absolutely no chance this will happen.

Or is there…?

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