Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo Set For Real Madrid Exit, But Will Manchester United Try To Bring Him Back?

Juventus have launched an astonishing £88 million bid for Cristiano Ronaldo. According to the BBC, Real Madrid are seriously considering the offer for a player who may be looking to be on the move after nine years in the Spanish capital. Ronaldo has won everything there is to win with Madrid, including two La Liga titles and the UEFA Champions League four times. At the age of 33, he is considering a new challenge as he enters the final period of his incredible career. He admitted this in an interview following the Champions League final win over Liverpool in May. In total, Ronaldo has scored 450 goals in 438 appearances in all competitions for Madrid, in the process becoming the club’s all-time top scorer. Individually, he has won the Balon D’or during his time in Spain, to add to the one he won while at Manchester United back in 2008.

According to The Telegraph, Manchester United could be tempted to make a counter-offer to try and bring back their wonder boy to Old Trafford. But this is highly doubtful after their failed pursuit in the same four years. Also, Ronaldo’s frosty relationship with his compatriot Jose Mourinho during the latter’s spell as Madrid coach could add a further hurdle to this deal.

If this transfer does end up happening, Madrid will go all-in in the market for a replacement. Despite publicly dismissing a world record bid to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, the 19 year-old’s breathtaking performances at the World Cup so far will certainly have caught the Spanish side’s eye. They could also be looking at Neymar, who only moved to Paris last season for a world record fee of around £200 million. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard could also be on Madrid’s wishlist, especially if he can guide Belgium all the way at the World Cup.

Is Ronaldo still worth £88 million, though? There is no doubt that he has more than repaid the £80 million Madrid paid to sign him from United back in 2009 (then a world record fee). With arguably only 2-3 years at the top level left in him though, a profit of £8 million on his book value could be a dream deal for Madrid. Ronaldo did dazzle at the World Cup, scoring four goals in Portugal’s opening two games, before firing a blank as his country exited at the round of 16 stage against Uruguay.

Originally a winger, the former Sporting Lisbon man has evolved his game to operate more as a centre forward, and hasn’t lost any of his goalscoring prowess. Despite being dismissed by many critics last campaign after a poor start, he came back strongly to end the season with 44 goals in as many games. This included 15 goals in the Champions League, as Madrid romped to their third successive trophy.

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