Cristiano Ronaldo could be set to leave Real Madrid for MLS in 2018

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been in the news for the wrong reasons this week, after he decided to bemoan his shot being cleared off the line rather than celebrate with Gareth Bale who scored the follow-up.

And Ronaldo is in the headlines again today, albeit for entirely contrasting reasons, this time unlinked to his incredible selfishness.

According to a report from Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated, Ronaldo will be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium when his contract with Real ends in 2018, and he is likely to move to Major League Soccer.

"File this one for down the road, but multiple sources tell me that Cristiano Ronaldo’s current plan is to come to MLS after he finishes at Real Madrid, with one source saying he would likely arrive on a free transfer in 2018 once his current contract ends," Wahl wrote in his piece.

This corresponds with what we have heard before out of Ronaldo's camp. Back in January of this year, the winger's agent told French outfit Telefoot that "perhaps he could go to the United States" at the end of his contract.

According to Wahl's report, Ronaldo and his people have even lined up destinations of where the current World Player of the Year wants to play his soccer.

"Ronaldo’s main interest lies in cities you’d probably expect: Miami, Los Angeles and New York," the article states. There are currently two MLS teams in New York, the Red Bulls and New York City FC, and by the time that Ronaldo would be joining the league, a second Los Angeles side would also be in place alongside LA Galaxy. David Beckham currently owns the rights to an MLS side in Miami, but they have been met with constant rejection on every planned stadium site so far.

In 2018, Ronaldo will be 33-years old and will have just played in his fourth World Cup following his ninth season at Real Madrid. Whilst probably passed his prime and in the waning years of his career, a 33-year old Ronaldo would still be a huge attraction in Major League Soccer and one of the league's star players.

Signing Ronaldo would certainly go a long way to helping Don Garber's goal of making MLS one of the premier leagues in world football by 2022. At the moment it seems a long way away however.

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