Ronaldo will only ever play for ‘historic’ clubs

Portugal forward Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that his star midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo will only ever play for clubs bathed in history, according to The Telegraph.

The Portuguese midfielder became the most expensive footballer in history when he signed for the Spanish giants from Manchester United in July 2009. However, following muted goal celebrations in Real Madrid’s 3-0 over Granada last weekend, Ronaldo revealed after the game that he was “sad” and “not happy” at Madrid.

It is thought that Ronaldo is frustrated by the lack of progress that is being made on a new contract at the Bernabeu. As a result the 27-year-old has been linked with moves to Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Anzhi Makhachkala.

However, Mourinho believes that Ronaldo would only want to play for a world-famous club steeped in tradition, citing Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich as three examples, “The best players will want to be at these clubs, the three I have mentioned, and some others who have the trophy cabinets full for almost a century. That is a determining factor for the players.”

To this extent, Mourinho believes that clubs with rich investors but limited continental success such as the ones being linked with Ronaldo, don’t stand much chance of luring the player to leave the Bernabeu, “clubs which live just from the investments from their owners will not have it so easy, because they do not have the structures of their historic clubs.”

Mourinho believes that because of this, the implementation of the Financial Fair Play rules in the Champions League will be good for football, “there will be difficulties for clubs which are not well structured, although they have wallets full of money.”