The most shocking transfer saga of the summer looks set to unfold, as superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to leave Real Madrid, with reports indicating he no longer wants to play in Spain following an ongoing investigation into his tax affairs.
With one of the greatest players in the world set to be on the move, we look at four potential destinations for the Portuguese.
4. Manchester United
Where else to start. Ronaldo was a fan favourite at Old Trafford, the club where he made his name and won the Premier League and Champions League. He has never ruled out the possibility of one day returning to United, and with Jose Mourinho now needing a proven goalscorer more than ever – why would he look any further?
The pair spent time together at Real Madrid and share the same agent. With United one of very few clubs capable of affording the forward, it’s possible that we could be set for a reunion like no other.
3. France – Paris Saint-Germain Or Monaco
The two French clubs are financially superior to the majority of Ligue 1 sides, and with United being the only English possibility and Ronaldo wanting to leave Spain, France is certainly an option. PSG have been looking to finally achieve Champions League glory for years, and given his track record, who better than Cristiano to deliver it?
Monaco will have extra cash to spend should Kylian Mbappe, among others, leave and can be considered a potential suitor due to their improving form in recent seasons as they look to rejoin Europe’s top table.
A move to China would certainly see Ronaldo become the highest paid player on the planet, and there will be no lack of interest as the league looks to attract Europe’s top talent.
With the mid-season transfer window opening on Monday, bids could fly left, right and centre for his services – with Real rejecting a £260 million bid from an unnamed Chinese club in January, however back then Ronaldo was content at the Bernabeu.
Some believe that Ronaldo will end his career in the States – with Miami and New York touted as possible destinations. However, given his recent success, it is widely accepted that Cristiano will want to end his career at the highest level – proving in recent seasons that age is not proving a difficulty.
The US is a very marketable destination for the four-time Ballon d’Or winner – but given financial capabilities and the standard of football – it is still perhaps a long shot in comparison to his other options.
One thing is for certain – this story is only beginning, and it won’t be the last you hear of Ronaldo this summer.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena