It is common knowledge that Real Madrid’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is not completely happy with life at the Bernabeu. Despite his otherworldly performances and huge goal hauls, the Madrid faithful can’t help but give him stick for a few poor games. His arrival from Manchester United in 2009 saw him crowned the world’s most expensive player and Madrid supporters quickly adopted him as one of their own.
But six years later the honeymoon appears to have ended. Although he has spoken of a desire to end his career in the Spanish capital and has a contract that winds up in 2018 the 30 year old could soon be on his way to pastures new. But not every club has Ronaldo money. If he does leave then here are three clubs that could afford the winger.
There is only one Manchester based club worth mentioning as, although Manchester City have the means to sign him, Ronaldo would surely never be foolish and greedy enough to actually accept their offer. A return to United on the other hand makes perfect sense. He is a legend there. Ronaldo made his name at Old Trafford and though it was at Real Madrid where he truly became a worldwide star the winger still considers it his second home. Six years and numerous trophies later United supporters still love him and are more than willing to take him off some very ungrateful Spanish hands. According to numerous reports United are readying a huge offer worth in the region of £80m that will see CR7 paid an astounding £14m a year. With financial fair play to consider this may or may not be a realistic sum but one thing is certain; Ronaldo at 30 is better than most at 27.
There have been rumours of Ronaldo moving to Paris for several years now and although the player’s agent Jorge Mendes has previously rubbished the claims, when has that meant anything once more money was thrown at an idea? PSG are one of Europe’s richest clubs and for that reason they are always associated with the brightest of footballing talents. Players like Zlatan Ibrahmovic and Edinson Cavani were lured to the Ligue 1 club who are slowly becoming a well respected and hard to beat team at home and abroad. But Ronaldo is unlikely to leave Real Madrid, who win trophies most years, for a club that play in a less than interesting nor exciting league. Other clubs can match the huge wages PSG can offer while also providing top, competitive football on a regular basis.
Other than a sensational return to Manchester United a move to America’s MLS seems quite likely. There are huge sums of money available for Europe’s so called ‘has beens’ whether it be in Los Angeles, Miami or New York. Brazilian and ex-Real Madrid forward Kaka is having a career revival playing for Orlando City and earning an impressive £4.8m a year. The US can provide both the lifestyle, exposure and financial gains that a star like Ronaldo would desire. If he does make the move it is expected to take place once he has fulfilled his Madrid contract which ends in 2018. The MLS is definitely a growing market but has nowhere near the quality of European football but would be seen as a lucrative swansong for when Ronaldo is not as sharp as he is now.