Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid president's reaction when asked to re-sign him

Cristiano Ronaldo has made it very clear that he’d prefer to be playing for a new club in 2022/23.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to Manchester United from Juventus last summer and was tipped to lead the Red Devils to glory.

Things certainly didn’t pan out that way, though.

Despite the fact a 37-year-old Ronaldo bagged 24 goals across all competitions, United endured a miserable 2021/22 campaign overall.

They ended up finishing sixth in the Premier League, which means they’ll be playing Europa League football this season rather than Champions League.

For Ronaldo, that’s simply not acceptable.

The Champions League is his personal playground and he wants to play in the competition in every remaining year of his professional career.

So that’s primarily why he’s been seeking a move elsewhere this summer, although potential suitors for the Portugal international have been hard to come by.

Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Manchester United
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on August 07, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Most of Europe’s elite have been linked with him in recent months, but nothing substantial has really materialised.

Even Ronaldo’s former club Real Madrid have been tipped as a possible destination in rumour mills, although president Florentino Perez clearly isn’t keen on making a move.

Why do we say that? Well, footage has emerged of Perez’s reaction when he was apparently asked by a fan to re-sign Los Blancos’ greatest ever player.

Check out the video that’s doing the rounds on social media…

Video: Perez’s reaction when asked to re-sign Ronaldo

Perez said: “Sign Cristiano? Again? He’s 38 years old.”

A telling reaction from Real Madrid’s often controversial president – one in which he got Ronaldo’s age wrong by a year.

The leading scorer in men’s professional football doesn’t turn 38 until February 5.

But while Ronaldo is still among the finest in the business in his twilight years, it’s clear that Real Madrid do not need him.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Florentino Perez
MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 05: Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Real Madrid CF receives the Golden Boot award from president of Real Madrid CF Florentino Perez (R) at Melia Castilla hotel on November 5, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Cristiano Ronaldo’s 31 strikes in La Liga last season have given him his third Golden Boot award. This year he has shared the award with FC Barcelona player Luis Suarez for the best scorer in Europe. Both players have scored the same number of goals thorough 2013-2014 season. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Last season, Carlo Ancelotti’s side completed a La Liga and Champions League double, with Karim Benzema comfortably the world’s best player throughout the campaign.

Then you have Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes and a revitalised Eden Hazard available as attacking options, so Ronaldo could not be guaranteed regular first-team football – which is what he would demand.

In truth, it’s hard to envisage a world in which Ronaldo isn’t playing for United in 2022/23, as there just does not seem to be enough interest in him from top European clubs.

Unless he opts to join Gareth Bale in the MLS, which we cannot see happening, another season at Old Trafford beckons…

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