Football: which destination for Cristiano Ronaldo?

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Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United. We inventory the possibilities of the Portuguese striker.

Cristiano Ronaldo does not want to stay at Manchester United.AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United, that’s a fact. The Portuguese striker has relayed his desires to leave to his leaders, ready to listen to offers for their player. But what would be the best destination for CR7?

chelsea

Chelsea is the option we’ve heard the most about lately. For new owner Tedd Boehly, this would be a move to demonstrate his ambition for the club without delay. This purchase would also allow Blues to have a real number 9 on their team after the failure of the Lukaku experiment. Ronaldo, for his part, would end up in a team that is a contender for all titles, which Manchester United are not.

However, such an operation has its doubts. What Thomas Tuchel has finally found at Chelsea are men who can bend to his hand. Nothing to do with what the former Dortmund coach has been through on the PSG side. Everyone presses, everyone calls, everyone is part of the system. At the slightest deviation, the German technician does not hesitate to make the disruptive elements pay for the consequences. Lukaku and Ziyech have also paid the price for this intransigence. Could Tuchel do the same with Cristiano Ronaldo?

It is well known that at this stage of his career, the five-time Ballon d’Or spares his efforts without the ball greatly. At United, Ralf Rangnick had even sent him for a bench ride against Burnely, on the premise that Edinson Cavani would be better placed to grant his urgent wishes. Last season, the Portuguese star was part of the 1% of attackers who squeezed least on the five major championships, according to advanced statistics, with Chelsea being the fourth most pressing formation in the Premier League. In short, Ronaldo’s style of play doesn’t seem the most appropriate for Thomas Tuchel’s way of thinking about football.

In addition, it would be for CR7 to integrate into the offensive circuits of the Blues, even though the player has always needed great freedom on the ground to show his full potential. In a football increasingly monopolized by the coaches’ diagrams at the expense of players’ spontaneity, Ronaldo profiles are not always easy to exploit. At least not as easy to exploit as Raheem Sterling, Chelsea’s first flagship this summer.

Bayern Munich

When Bayern Munich won the Champions League in 2020, everything seemed in order for the Bavarian side to dominate Europe over time. The few shots that Manuel Neuer’s teammates got, they were able to retaliate a hundredfold. Bayern looked unbeatable. But then, two seasons later, record master failed to get the Old Continent back on its feet. Reason enough to set your sights on Ronaldo?

If Robert Lewandowski were to leave Bavaria, the arrival of the (still) Manchester United player would make sense. From position to position, from target to target (or almost). The Funchal resident also remains a heavyweight in the Champions League. Last season he simply scored one goal per game in C1.

But Oliver Kahn made a sharp decision last week. “As much as I appreciate Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the greatest, a transfer would not fit our philosophy,” said the president of the United Nations. rotten† If the incompatibility at Chelsea is mainly related to the specific profile of CR7, then at Bayern it is age that does not play in his favor.

Manchester United

What if the most obvious option was to maintain the status quo? While Mancunian leaders are willing to listen to offers for Ronaldo, the club’s official stance is that their player is not for sale. And rightly so: it would jeopardize last year’s investment. In addition to the £15million Juventus paid to secure the striker’s services, United spend around £480,000 a week to pay the player’s salary. All year round, the Red Devil hits 26 million pounds, or 30 million euros.

At the moment, the return on investment in the sporting field has not yet taken place. Especially since a departure from the star would lead to a drop in the club’s commercial revenues and would require another purchase in the transfer market to replace the Portuguese.

Between the lack of clear suitors and the investment of United, the captain of the selecao may have to decide to stay at home and not play in the Champions League for the first time in his career.

When Erik ten Haag landed in Manchester, the number 7 was delighted with the news: “I wish him the best and believe together that we will win trophies again next year!” said the player about his new boss. It remains to be seen whether this sentence will come true or not…

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