What Next for Cristiano Ronaldo?
Undoubtedly one of the best players in the world and arguably second only to Lionel Messi, Ronaldo has a list of potential suitors as long as his arm.
Unsurprisingly, Manchester United are favourites to sign the Portuguese captain at 4/1 at Coral.
Although the forward scooped three league titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, one Community Shield, one Club World Cup and one Champions League title with the Reds, it’s likely that he has unfinished business at Old Trafford.
And a move back to former manager Jose Mourinho is likely to prove very tempting for the 32-year-old.
Real Madrid will undoubtedly be rocked by a Ronaldo departure and will have huge shoes to fill should he leave Spain.
At the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo has picked up two league titles, two Copa Del Reys, one Supercopa de Espana, three Champions Leagues, one Super Cup and one Club World Cup, an incredibly feat alongside a very talented Barcelona team.
Not to mention a list of individual honours the size of a football pitch. One of the most highly decorated players in footballing history, there is not much that Ronaldo hasn’t won.
Should a move to United not materialise, PSG are second favourite at 9/1 with Ladbrokes. The chance to play in Ligue One may very well appeal to Ronaldo and he will get to play alongside the likes of Julian Draxler, Edison Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Thiago Silva and Marco Veratti to name a few.
The French giants are reportedly set to pay an astronomical €135m for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe so the club certainly have the funds to pay whatever wages Ronaldo may desire.
That said, it is not yet certain Ronaldo will leave Real. At 1/4, it looks more likely that he’ll remain with Zinedine Zidane’s men than it does he will leave them.
Having pipped Barcelona to the league title and soundly beating Monaco in the Champions League final, the Frenchman is certainly taking the club places and whether Ronaldo will want to depart during such successful times remains unclear.
News of a Real departure came after a tax revelation with the player reportedly owing £12.9million, a fee which lawyers are advising him to pay so he can avoid future fines.
Though, should he choose to leave, Zidane is said to be eyeing the likes of Antione Griezmann or Eden Hazard as a potential replacement.
At 1/33 with most UK bookmakers, Ronaldo is huge favourite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or and having scored 57 goals and grabbing a further 13 assists in 62 appearances last season, he is more than deserving of such an accolade.
If United, or whoever else is interested in the star is to acquire his services then they are looking at a fee in excess of £100million. His transfer to Real in 2009 cost the Spanish giants some £80million and it is likely he will cost around 150% of that sum.