Cristiano Ronaldo’s desperation is growing by the day. He wants Manchester United – who doesn’t at the moment? – absolutely leave. The problem: No club seems very keen to sign CR7. What options are left? SPOX gives an overview.
Everything should be better with the new coach Erik ten Hag, but after only two matchdays Manchester United looks like a shambles. Bottom of the table, zero points and a goal difference of 1:6. To make matters worse, Liverpool FC is waiting on Monday (9 p.m. in LIVETICKER). And there’s also a 37-year-old who doesn’t seem to be in the mood for the club anymore: No, nobody from the staff, but Cristiano Ronaldo.
It has been known since the beginning of the summer that the Portuguese no longer wants to play for the Red Devils. The urge for the Champion League anthem is too great. The will to further expand the record as the player with the most appearances (178), which he only narrowly secured from Iker Casillas last season, is too great. Not that he’s forgotten. Or even worse: that Lionel Messi (151), the joker among Ronaldo’s archenemies, catches up with him. But irony enough, what’s next for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner?
For weeks, Ronaldo has been the focus of change speculation. He himself commented on the reporting with a similar defiance as he had shown in the 4-0 loss to Brentford FC: “In a few weeks you will find out the truth when I give an interview. The media spread lies.” He has a “notebook with the 100 news items I’ve appeared in over the past few months, only five of which are correct.” He followed up his incredibly laborious announcement: “Imagine that and remember that.” Enough with the irony really – at least for now.
There is no question that Ronaldo is still one of the best players in the world and that he deserves a place in the premier club. According to information from SPOX and GOAL United would now even be willing to let him go despite his contract running until 2023. But many clubs that really come into question no longer stay. After all, advisor Jorge Mendes picked up one rejection after the other when trying to get his protégé under the hood. A little review to clarify.
Cristiano Ronaldo received numerous cancellations
BVB: The most recent, most present example. Noisy CBS Sports Ronaldo is dying to go to the Ruhr (the drug that gets him addicted?), but Mendes has previously been rebuffed for good reason. CR7 currently collects 29 million euros net a year, far from Dortmund’s possibilities – and the striker will hardly do without more than half, which would be necessary in view of the salary structure. Hans-Joachim Watzke denied the contact, even if the idea was “charming”.
FC Bayern: Those responsible publicly justified several times why a transfer makes no financial or sporting sense. Although Kahn “loves” Ronaldo.
Real Madrid: A rejection from the heartbreaker category. A video of President Florentino Perez circulating on social media mocked a possible return and even made Ronaldo a year older.
Atletico Madrid: Here it was primarily the fans who spoke out against a transfer under the hashtag “ContraCR7”. This was preceded by a corresponding report by Times.
Inter Milan and AC Milan: The Milan clubs should be loud Corriere dello Sport also be deterred by the salary. Especially since the teams have each committed a striker.
Cristiano Ronaldo: These options still remain CR7
“He doesn’t want to come, he has other ideas. I don’t think he wants to play in any other league than one of the five biggest leagues,” said Fenerbahce coach Jorge Jesus, who says he is a “friend of Ronaldo”, recently a press conference. A reporter had confronted him with rumors that CR7 could soon appear at the Turkish top club.
In addition, Ronaldo himself leaned loudly ESPN a more than lucrative offer from an unspecified club from Saudi Arabia, who probably offered him between 250 and 275 million euros for two years. Sporty, the club obviously did not convince. This also applies to the Brazilian club Corinthians, with which it is said that despite a flirting offensive by the president, there was never any contact. So other players still have to take the penalties.
A move to the money stores in the Middle East and South America can wait, as can an early engagement in MLS. Ronaldo cannot do without the Champions League and the Champions League (yet) without Ronaldo. What options are still left? As a reminder, the transfer window in Europe’s top five leagues closes on August 31.
Cristiano Ronaldo: Juve return or Messi colleague?
A return to Juventus and a move to PSG, which would fulfill a dream of many fans regarding a meeting with Lionel Messi, was also discussed – albeit briefly – in the media.
But neither is realistic. With Dusan Vlahovic, Juventus has a 1A solution by storm and also no longer wants to advance into any salary spheres. Even returnee Paul Pogba has to be content with less money than in Manchester.
Ronaldo was apparently never an issue in Paris, although the salary demands would be the smallest problem. With Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Messi there are enough alpha animals in the team, some of whom are already tearing each other apart. And a certain Sergio Ramos also does gymnastics around.
Wait, there’s FC Barcelona. Let’s leave that.
Cristiano Ronaldo: Romance at Sporting Lisbon?
Speculations about a return to his youth club Sporting Lisbon have never really stopped. A TV station had fueled this powerfully when it showed a picture of a white SUV in the underground car park of the Jose Alvade Stadium in the Portuguese capital and suspected Ronaldo in the posh car. A little later, he commented briefly but clearly: “Fake”.
But given the current opportunities, a move to the old place of work, where Ronaldo’s meteoric career began, doesn’t seem entirely unlikely. Sporting has been playing for the championship in Portugal for years and is a regular in the Champions League. Even if it cannot be assumed that the team seeded in pot three will stay in the tournament for long, CR7 would at least wave at least six CL games.
It is clear, however, that Ronaldo would have to forego salary and reduce his sporting requirements. At least in the case of the latter, the tenor prevails in the media that he is not yet ready for this. Romance and especially time pressure might bring about a rethink.
Cristiano Ronaldo: staying in England? Only Chelsea conceivable
Ronaldo’s signing at Liverpool is just as impossible as one at Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur. A move to the Reds would be sacrilegious, the hostility between the clubs is too great. In the storm there is no need anyway.
The latter also applies to City and Spurs. With Erling Haaland and Harry Kane respectively, there is no place for Ronaldo in the respective strikers. This leaves only one club from England that plays in the Champions League: Chelsea – and they even have a need up front.
Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner left the Blues at their own request, neither of them warmed to the two-time CL winner. Coach Thomas Tuchel should therefore be looking for a replacement. Only Raheem Sterling has been signed for the offensive so far. Actually a winger and not a nine, which he gave in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham.
Currently, Tuchel can only fall back on permanent loan player and post lover Michy Batshuayi, who currently does not even make it into the squad, and the still inexperienced Armando Broja (20 years old) for the center. According to media reports, however, at the top of the list is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Since there is still little movement in this regard, Ronaldo would be a serious alternative.
Cristiano Ronaldo has about two weeks left
A cheerful Ronaldo in normal form is of course good for every club in the world. 24 goals in 38 games for a United that had been underperforming at times last season speaks volumes.
So far, however, there is no real indication that Ronaldo’s wish for a new club that shares his ambitions and underpins them financially will come true. In any case, he would be well advised to show more commitment again in the United jersey. A stay can currently be ruled out just as little as a change.
Ronaldo still has about two weeks to find the best solution for him. Otherwise he just has to cramme the not so well-known Europa League anthem – maybe Filip Kostic will give tuition.