After a few contentious days, it appears Cristiano will indeed be sticking around Spain – well, for the time being, at least. Real president Florentino Perez came out in public support of the 32-year-old striker and it seems cooler heads have prevailed.
According to Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent, CR7 had become increasingly annoyed with Real management and he was pushed over the edge of reason when the allegations of tax fraud dropped last week and no one within the club stepped in to defend No. 7.
Recent supportive comments made by Perez, however, have quieted the rumors for now and a particular mention of Ronaldo’s billion-euro buyout clause may be a major reason why.
All that being said, it’s unlikely that Cristiano spends the rest of his career at the club as Real will want to get something out of him while he’s still worth upwards of 100 million euros. Manchester United is still the favorite to land the No. 9 over at online shop Sportsbook but recent news has increased the value on that line to +250.
It’s difficult to envision a scenario where the Portuguese striker doesn’t end up back at the club that brought him into relevance but it’s just as difficult to forecast when he’ll make his triumphant return to Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo is in the headlines once again and it’s not for the Portuguese striker’s recent performance against Mexico in Kazan – Confederations Cup be damned. Rumor on the street, and in the tabloids, is that CR7 wants out of Madrid after being accused of dodging taxes and that he asked his agent Jorge Mendes to do everything in his power to set up a transfer.
Sportsbook has odds for where he’ll go if he leaves the Spanish super team and the online shop has pegged Manchester United, Ronaldo’s former club, as the favorite to grab the man that many consider the best footballer on the planet.
The main thing to consider here, though, is that it’s incredibly improbable that Real lets the five-time Ballon d’Or Sportsbook simply walk away and more probable that Ronaldo is leveraging for a raise with his current club. Real’s all-time leading scorer is under investigation for tax evasion and he could be faced with a large fine if he’s found guilty of the trendy allegations.
Another reason to doubt the transfer is the cost that it would take to complete. When Ronaldo was first sold to Real in 2009, the $132-million transfer fee smashed the previous record set by the Zidane move in 2001 and with the striker now in his prime, a fee in the range of $250 million would be as reasonable as it would be outrageous.
It’s not a question of whether United’s pockets are deep enough – they most certainly are – it’s more a question of whether they want to get caught up in a so-called circus at such a delicate time for the club. United has been reeling ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager but they made excellent strides this past season, getting back into Champions League, and they’re now targeting players like Alvaro Morata and Ivan Perisic to bolster their starting 11.
The last thing Man U needs right now is the distraction from this whole situation and it’s difficult to see them pulling the trigger on a Ronaldo return while his legal standing is in question.
That being said, it’s not out of the question that CR7 – a known appreciator of his own appearance – could make a vanity tour back through England at some point but with people near Real pegging a Ronaldo departure with a 25 percent chance of happening this summer, nothing is impossible.
French club PSG has thrown its hat into the ring to grab the ringer as well but, honestly, that seems like a stretch and the fee they’d be prepared to offer for Ronaldo would be significantly less than what it’s being rumored United would pay for their former man.