Once this separation is formalized, the question everyone is asking is obvious: Where the hell will CR7 bounce off? Or rather can it bounce back? Several clubs are already mentioned to recover the 36-year-old striker, who says to himself “in the shape of his life” and which would interest, according to rumors, PSG, Napoli or Chelsea. However, the hypothesis of seeing him leave outside of Europe cannot be excluded. Saudi Arabia would also be ready to real madness for him.
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Ah, that good old CR7-PSG rumour. A classic for many years now. With, however, a rather clear trend change. Before, it was Paris who dreamed of Ronaldo. Now it is rather Ronaldo who dreams of Paris. Recently asked about the possibility of Kylian Mbappé signing for Real Madrid, and that PSG decides to fall back on him to play with Lionel Messi in Paris, the Portuguese was clear: “Everything is possible in football. Why not ? Would Paris sell a lot of jerseys? That’s for sure.”
If the PSG track is cited by the Portuguese media this Wednesday, it is nonetheless (very) difficult. What interest, both economic and sporting, would PSG have in recruiting CR7 in the middle of the season, with an already overstaffed workforce, a salary that is still imposing (around 28 million euros) and a recently renewed Kylian Mbappé? A Messi-Ronaldo-Mbappé-Neymar attack would probably be unheard of in the history of football, of course. And the idea could even seduce QSI, especially with Ronaldo free of any contract. But today, it seems only fantasy and pure fantasy.
There, already, the hypothesis is more credible. The name of the English club has been coming back insistently in recent hours, both on the side of Spain (Brand) than Italy (Gazzetta dello Sport). According to the transalpine daily, moreover, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would be ready to splurge via his Sovereign Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF). The plan ? Make him play 6 or 18 months in Newcastle, before making him finish his career with Al-Nassr FC. To convince him, more than 300 million euros could be put on the table. “The Portuguese carefully analyzes this proposal, which goes beyond the framework of football (…) He could also be the head of the gondola of the vast project ‘Saudi Vision 2023’, which aims to place the Saudi economy at the center of that world“, it is also specified.
In his interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo confirmed that he refused an offer from Saudi Arabia last summer: “It was very hard to refuse but on the other hand I was very happy here in Manchester and I still thought I could score a lot of goals.“, he justified himself to explain his refusal to 350 million euros. But today, the situation has changed.
Quoted during the last summer transfer window, and brought back into the race by the Portuguese press, the Blues would have the finances but do not seem to be really certain that they want Cristiano Ronaldo. “Chelsea have not planned a possible arrival of CR7″, report the very serious Telegraph this Wednesday, explaining that new owner Todd Boehly now has “other goals“on the transfer window, like Christopher Nkunku, Declan Riche or Jude Bellingham.”Signing Ronaldo would give coach Graham Potter a huge choice problem and could create discord in the dressing room“, can we also read. Next.
Here too, it gets complicated. If Jorge Mendes would have offered the services of his protege last summer, notably promising a sale of Victor Osimhen in more than three figures, nothing had materialized. And his arrival in the city of Vesuvius remains just as difficult four months later. Napoli, a real war machine since the start of the season and “best team in Europe” in the words of Jürgen Klopp, would not really have an interest in recruiting Ronaldo.
Is the door still double-locked on the Munich side? Last July, former goalkeeper and now chairman Oliver Kahn was clear: “We discussed this topic – otherwise we would not be doing our job well. Personally, I think that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers who have ever lived on this planet (…) But we have come to the conclusion that, despite all the esteem we all have for him, he does not would not have corresponded to our philosophy in the current situation.”
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If he would like to recruit a number 9 in the more or less near future, the rekordmeister still does not seem ready to make room for the five-time Ballon d’Or, whose salary would also impact the club’s finances. Last week, Bild had denied a possible meeting between Bayern and Ronaldo, announced by the English press, explaining that the current leader of the Bundesliga is not “interested“. Only the long injury of Sadio Mané could move the lines.
Back to Portugal, departure to MLS…
Race report: it is not really certain that the native of Funchal will join a “big” team along the way. So there are other avenues to consider. For example MLS, with at least three franchises interested and ready to offer him a golden bridge: Los Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Football Club and David Beckham’s Inter Miami. “What he does at his age (37) is truly amazing“, confided the latter in May. There is no doubt that he will make an attempt to convince him to join him in the United States. “He would be the ideal ambassador for the World Cup organized with Mexico and Canada in 2026“, recalls the Gazzetta dello Sport this Wednesday.
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For the most romantic, the idea of seeing him come full circle with Sporting Portugal is the most appealing. There, everyone will welcome him with open arms, but on condition that he drastically reduces his emoluments. “We all love it here, there’s not much to say. He says himself that he wants to do things in peace to follow his future. It is up to him to decide his future. I’m not going to sit here telling you how things are going for me. Over the summer it became apparent that not all things go through me. There is the club, there is the structure. He is a Manchester United player“, replied the coach of the Portuguese club Rúben Amorim last week. It was before his separation from the Red Devils. After all, you never forget your first love, right?
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