Cristiano Ronaldo ruining Real Madrid's Antonio Rudiger at Euro 2020

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Cristiano Ronaldo‘s summer has been a bit of a strange one.

The Portuguese superstar seems intent on leaving his beloved Manchester United, but has, thus far, failed to find a new club to call home.

Strangely, clubs across Europe have gone cold on the idea of having the great man on their books, with reports of several outfits turning down the opportunity to sign him.

As a result, his career is rather up in the air and, with the new season careering over the horizon, we still don’t know where he might be playing.

It is a far cry from last summer when Ronaldo was at the heart of a mini bidding war for his services among the Manchester clubs.

Manchester United called in the big guns to steal the superstar from under the noses of their rivals, City, and he arrived back at Old Trafford to a hero’s welcome.

He repaid the faith as well as, in amongst a shambles of a season, he somehow netted 24 crucial goals to keep United’s stuttering season bobbing on.

MUNICH, GERMANY – JUNE 19: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal runs with the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group F match between Portugal and Germany at Football Arena Munich on June 19, 2021 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Schrader – Pool/Getty Images)

He also was up to his usual tricks in the colours of Portugal in the European Championships.

One particular moment that encapsulates the joyous summer months he was having came when he sent Antonio Rudiger on a merry jig with a sultry piece of control.

In the space of two glorious touches, Ronaldo showed Rudiger who was boss, using the first to casually pop it over him before cracking out the no-look to redirect it into the path of a teammate.

It might be best for us to let the footage do the talking, though:

Brilliant – Ronaldo knew he was ruining the man as well.

Portugal would, of course, go on to lose that game 4-2 after both Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro turned into their own net.

With the World Cup lurking at the end of the year, Ronaldo’s bid to find a club will be all the more desperate as he aims to be at the peak of his powers for the global showpiece.

It is a very real possibility that Qatar will be his last bow at a World Cup and you can be sure he will be chomping at the bit to leave as much of a mark on the tournament as he can.

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