Cristiano Ronaldo: How Nuno Santo's team could play if the Juve star signs for Wolves

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Portugal

Next year the unthinkable could happen. Cristiano Ronaldo could well and truly be on his way to Molineux and Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Think about it, there is the Portuguese connection and most importantly, his agent is Jorge Mendes, someone who has plenty of connections to Wolves. 

His clients include Nuno Santo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio. The list also includes the recently departed Diogo Jota.

It's clear that Mendes has huge influence over the Wolves playing staff and he could add more to their armoury next season.

In recent days, Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Manchester United, the club he made his name at under Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, with exit rumours from Juventus emerging, it's Wolves that a certain Troy Deeney thinks he could end up at.

The Watford striker was speaking to talkSPORT this week and said the following: 

"I would more look at a club like Wolves with the Portugal connection – that would work. Whoever is getting him is still getting an unbelievable talent.

"You’re not going to get the same Ronaldo you had at Man United. That’s always going to be the comparison." 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo

Of course, any transfer would be incredibly unlikely, but Wolves fans can certainly dream. 

Thus, we crawled into a fantasy world and decided to predict how Nuno Santo could field his team if the Midlands club does indeed land Ronaldo.

We've put together the following three teams...

Team one - no Adama

Wolves with Ronaldo and no Adama

With Adama Traore reportedly frustrating Wolves over his ongoing contract negotiations, we've tipped Nuno to bin off the Spaniard in favour of Ronaldo in our first team.

This replicates Wolves' normal formation with Pedro Neto moving over to the right-hand side. Ronaldo initially started out as a winger and that's where we're playing him in this system.

The defence is redundant because Ronaldo won't impact that part of the pitch, but it would be intriguing to see how he links up with Neto after the latter scored on his Portugal debut this week. 

Team 2 - no Jimenez 

Wolves line-up with Ronaldo and no Jimenez

Again, the defence stays the same, but in this side Nuno is keeping Adama Traore and ditching Raul Jimenez instead.

Ronaldo's natural position at Juventus has been as a centre-forward and he's been tearing Serie A defences to shreds this season, scoring six goals in just four games. That's a phenomenal record for someone that's now 35, but did we really expect anything less? Of course not.

Jimenez has been linked with moves away in the last few transfer windows and signing someone of Ronaldo's calibre could finally enable Nuno to greenlight the Mexican's exit. Time will tell. 

Team 3 - system change 

Ronaldo in the Wolves XI

Worried that Wolves might actually sell Jimenez? Fear not, there is a way to get him in the same side as Ronaldo while keeping both of them in their preferred positions. 

Once again, you will notice that this team doesn't have Adama. That's because the width is made up of Nelson Semedo and Rayan Ait-Nouri as the wing-backs.

Pedro Neto is a winger by trade but he also possesses the ability to play as an attacking midfielder so to spice things up a little bit, we've changed Nuno's favoured system. 

Of course, you could play Traore as a wing-back but then you wouldn't have the defensive nouse of Semedo on the right. 

We're not suggesting for one moment that Ronaldo is a shoo-in to join Wolves, but it's certainly interesting to consider how they'd fit him into their side. 

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