In full reconstruction, Manchester United will not play the next Champions League. A sufficient argument to force Cristiano Ronaldo to sail. But the real and conceivable opportunities are not so numerous for the Portuguese striker…
Where will Ronaldo play next season?
Cristiano Ronaldo is in a dilemma. Probably the biggest of his career. The Portuguese striker returned to Manchester United after three years with Juventus, but failed to qualify the Red Devils for the next Champions League. His competition.
A loss that the Portuguese striker cannot bear and that makes him want to leave. But at 37, even if he remains efficient, the man with 24 goals in 38 games in 2021-2022 no longer has the same rating, the one who takes up a lot of space. Which club could welcome him to play his favorite tournament?
Bayern, the right choice for… Ronaldo
The challenge has everything to please Ronaldo. A great club, able to reach the Champions League, almost guaranteed to win the championship after making the pass of ten last season… Bayern would be an ideal choice for the Lusitano. However, the reverse is not necessarily true. If they must necessarily think of the incredible leap in marketing plan that the arrival of such a superstar could bring, the leaders of the Roten are quite in favor of a balance of forces. By recruiting Sadio Mané, in the prime of their lives, they secured their left wing for several years. Especially as Ronaldo’s arrival would contradict their refusal to extend their series scorer, Robert Lewandowski, three years his junior for several seasons. Bringing back an older player, who costs more and, above all, is less productive, does not necessarily have much interest in the deal for Bayern.
Chelsea, at the risk of tarnishing her image?
Roman Abramovich is gone, Todd Boehly is now in charge of Chelsea. Who says new owner says big changes and possible big moves? The comparison holds. Especially since the American businessman recently met the player’s agent Jorge Mendes. But between discussions to test the waters and a transfer, there is still a long way to go. If Manchester United’s management doesn’t oppose the departure of his number 7, it could refuse to let him go to a direct competitor in the Premier League. Above all, would Ronaldo risk seriously damaging his image by joining a hostile club for the sole purpose of playing in the Champions League? It seems big… Especially as Chelsea are making good progress for the time being with the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City. An option that would suit Thomas Tuchel much better, more of a lover of the English than the Portuguese.
PSG, the train has (maybe) passed
There was a time when Paris Saint-Germain would have been the ultimate favorite to close the deal in no time. But since rumors sent Ronaldo to the French capital a few years ago, water has been flowing under the bridge. By announcing the end ofbling bling, the Paris leaders have taken a very important turn in their sports policy. However, there is a gap between words and deeds. Neymar’s desired departure could open up a space on the attack’s left flank, right where Ronaldo evolves. So yes, Luis Campos seems to be changing some things profoundly. Qatar remains the sole decider, however, and the idea of attracting one of the greatest players of all time to associate him with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe can never be ruled out. Will PSG resist the temptation?
Sports to close the loop?
Ronaldo is a natural born competitor and believes he is still good enough to play for the biggest clubs in the world. However, his age, salary and position pose a risk to all coaches, who should articulate their team around him. A reality that could force the main interested party to return home. Back at the front of the podium, Sporting, his training club, have been much more competitive since Ruben Amorim’s arrival on the bench. The proof, the club from Lisbon reached the round of 16 of the C1 in the past financial year. Could that be enough for Ronaldo to return home? The story would be beautiful. Finishing at home, in a growing club, with an always interesting level, that’s what all Sporting supporters dream of. A dream that can come true? Only one man has the answer: Ronaldo.
A surprise club?
Besides these four teams, each with their own arguments, other formations could try. In recent days, much has been talked about Napoli, where Aurelio De Laurentiis dreams of staging a legendary coup to offer his supporters the biggest star in the club’s history after Diego Maradona. Also in Serie A, Inter and AC Milan have shown no particular interest in the five-time Ballon d’Or. Among the surprising destinations we can also think of… Real Madrid. The return of CR7 has been mentioned a lot in recent years. However, the White House has made it clear that it is not interested in such a move if the club’s 30-year-olds are released or slowly extended. Not counting on the exceptional outbreak of Vinicius Jr in recent months.
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