Eager to leave Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo is not spoiled for choice for next season. Overview of possible destinations.
It seems certain, at least according to the British press: Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United this summer. A club to which he is emotionally attached, of course, but which no longer guarantees him to evolve at the highest level. Despite his 37 years, “CR7” remains a fierce competitor. His goals are always to pile up goals, lift trophies and break records.
In his eyes – and those of many lucid observers – the Red Devils, now coached by Erik ten Hag, deprived of the Champions League next season and already left behind in the arms race between the title candidates in the Premier League, won’t be able to land anything in 2022-23. To stay on top, a start is essential.
Where ? There is the question. While the Portuguese striker has still not resumed training with the Mancunians, officially for ” family reasons “, many tracks are mentioned but few seem really credible. Among the clubs involved in C1, only six could really be able to welcome him. Overview of the remaining options for the fivefold Ballon d’Or.
▪ The 1⃣1⃣ clubs he will never go to
To establish this situation, Football.fr was based on the identity of the 26 teams already qualified for the Champions League, since this would be his No. 1 criterion for his future destination. The less posh formations were immediately discarded, Cristiano Ronaldo having a certain standing to respect. Exit, therefore, clubs like Brugge, Salzburgthe celticthe Shakhtar, Frankfurt and Marseilles.
A list to which we can add leipzig, Leverkusen, Seville and theAjax, because it is difficult to imagine the native of Funchal joining a team whose ambitions are a priori lower than Manchester United which, although in the Europa League, can aspire to a good European course. For emotional reasons, the chances of seeing him sign in FC Porto are also almost zero.
The 9⃣ clubs he could have gone to
So there are only 15 contenders left. But if some of them could have positioned themselves, their well advanced recruitment now excludes any agreement, except cataclysm. This is the case of Manchester City who took Erling Haaland, from liverpool who enlisted Darwin Nunez, of theInter-Milan who recovered Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham who will pair Richarlison with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
the Bayern Munichwhere its name has returned with insistence, has also closed the door to the Portuguese through the voice of its president Oliver Kahn, for reasons of ” philosophy “. The German club which recruited Sadio Mané and still has not sold Robert Lewandowski, let us remember. Dortmund could also fall into this category, even more so after the signing of Sébastien Haller.
26 – 17 = 9. Nine potential destinations from which we could subtract the real MadridI’AC Milan and the Juventus, already armed offensively. The Merengues probably do not want to put “CR7” in the hands of Karim Benzema; the Rossoneri have, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud, enough veterans; and the Old Lady bet on Dusan Vlahovic six months ago.
▪ The 6⃣ clubs where he may go
A priori, they are therefore only six to have a chance, on paper, to welcome Cristiano Ronaldo. chelsea seems the team to have the most arguments with a workforce cut for the title in the Premier League as in the Champions League and a place in the forefront left vacant by Romelu Lukaku. It remains to be seen whether Cristiano Ronaldo will dare to tear the hearts of Old Trafford by rallying a rival.
In Spain, the track leading to FC Barcelona returns to the Spanish media in recent hours. Xavi is looking for a No.9 and the Mancunian would be cheaper than his No.1 option Robert Lewandowski. But for the supporters of the White House, the betrayal would be terrible… Same thing if he opted for theAtleticowhere he would also struggle to keep up with the pace demanded by Diego Simeone.
If he was tempted by a return to Italy, Naples seems to be the only possible option. And in France, who else but the PSG could fill it? Finally, there remains the possibility of Sporting, the choice of the heart. Returning to the MUFC, “CR7” proved that he was not insensitive to this kind of parameters and the Lisbon club, where he hatched, is dear to him. Winning a title there, to end his career, would be a nice wink.
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