Cristiano Ronaldo has reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain.
This is according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who understand the Real Madrid superstar has agreed a contract with the French champions but will only move to the Parc des Princes if he fails to successfully negotiate a new deal with his current employers.
Mundo state that Cristiano ‘signed’ the agreement following a series of meetings in Paris and Madrid with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
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The report adds Ronaldo “has given his word” that he will play for PSG and is not interested in a return to Manchester United.
Goal state that the news will come as a “blow” to the Red Devils, who had reportedly been keen to lure the 31-year-old back to Old Trafford as part of a £300 million “summer spending spree”.
Real Madrid must sell soon if they want big money
Ronaldo’s current contract with Real Madrid expires in the summer of 2018, meaning Los Blancos will need to sell him in the not-too-distant future if they want to recoup most of the £80 million they paid United in 2009.
PSG are looking for a long-term successor for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and have the funds available to finance a deal for Ronaldo, who is still scoring goals at a ridiculous rate despite his advancing years.
Ronaldo would dominate in Ligue 1
Ronaldo has scored 47 goals in 44 appearances for Real Madrid this season and looks certain to break the 50-goal mark for the sixth successive season.
Considering the quality of teams in Ligue 1 is inferior to that of La Liga, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Ronaldo will continue to score at least 50 goals a season - if he moves to PSG - well into his mid-30s.
Ibrahimovic, PSG’s current superstar forward, has scored 42 goals in 46 matches for the Parisians this term.
Ronaldo could make history at PSG
Ronaldo, if he is unable to finish his career at the Bernabeu, is keen to join a club where he can continue to compete for major honours and individual accolades.
PSG have never won the Champions League before but Ronaldo may feel he can help the French club make history.
Inspiring PSG to European glory would seriously bolster his chances of adding to his Ballon d’Or tally.
Ronaldo currently has three to his name; two less than Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who won a record-breaking fifth Ballon d’Or award in January.
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