Jun 9, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo opens up on his future, are Manchester United one of three potential destinations?

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has sensationally told Spanish television show Deportes Cuatro that “nothing is impossible” with regards to his future, with the news coming just days after Potuguese newspaper A Bola reported that there are three candidates should he look to leave the Santiago Bernabéu.

They claim that a €180 million proposal could be on the table from all three clubs for Real Madrid to consider, which will undoubtedly be considered given the huge fee on offer for a 32-year-old who, despite his immense quality, is unlikely to have more than a few years left at an elite level.

Any deal seems unlikely, if only for internal reasons at Real Madrid. Presidential elections will be held this summer, and current leader Florentino Perez will once again argue the case for his Galactico policy. To sell his star man would not only go in the face of that but would be a humiliating blow for supposedly the world’s biggest club.

Currently hoping to win his fifth Ballon D’Or for this year as his fight for supremacy with Lionel Messi continues, Ronaldo will not be prepared to take any kind of step down at this time. However, with huge financial offers on the table, it may come down to his motivation.

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The Boot Room considers the three options that the Portugal and Real Madrid star has to choose from if he does wish to leave Spain…

Paris Saint-Germain

It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Cristiano Ronaldo has been strongly linked with a move to Paris, after he strongly flirted with a move whilst negotiating a new contract back in 2015.

One of the richest clubs in the world, PSG would match the superstar’s financial demands and are likely to look to a marquee signing such as the Portugal international, after a woeful domestic and European season saw Unai Emery humiliated, with his job under threat in his debut season.

A move to Paris would also allow the forward a very good chance of winning silverware with a side who have been there or thereabouts in the final stages of both domestic and European competition over the past few years. However, he may demand assurances that the French outfit will be able to compete for the Champions League if he is to move.

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Manchester United

Having won an FA Cup, two League Cups, a Champions League title and three back to back Premier League trophies, it is clear to see why a return to Manchester United could appeal to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Clearly still close to Sir Alex Ferguson, though he spends his time in the Directors’ Box now, Ronaldo also worked closely with Jose Mourinho during his spell in Madrid, where the forward enjoyed some of his best form since moving to Spain and won his first La Liga trophy under the now United boss’ command.

The Red Devils are clearly looking to strengthen their front line and have huge money to spend, but can it go as far as to sign one of the world’s two most valuable players? His age may not be a concern for Jose Mourinho given his transfer record, but some may question whether it is a logical move if they can put the emotion to one side.

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Another case of a very rich French club who would have no problem matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s demands financially, but would a move make sense? Given that the Principality outfit have built their side around a young team of up and coming talents, it would mark a change in transfer policy.

That may not appeal to the global brand of Cristiano either, playing alongside players who may be unheard of to many fans around the world. Ligue 1 champions and Champions League semi-finalists, Monaco have the ability to compete, but with a fire sale of talented youngsters possible, that ambition would not attract the 32-year-old.

However, that may be what is needed in order to be able to afford the ex-Sporting Lisbon man. Although it would be a real statement of intent if they do look to replace the likes of Kylian M’Bappe with the Real Madrid man.

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Manchester United · Monaco · PSG · Real Madrid · Transfers

Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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