Cristiano Ronaldo treats Georgina Rodriguez on her birthday
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Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to return to Real Madrid, according to reports. The Juventus star has been tipped to seal an emotional return to the Bernabeu in this summer’s transfer window, three years after his move to the Allianz Stadium. However, it appears that won’t be the case.
Ronaldo won the lot during his time with Real Madrid.
Signed from Manchester United back in the summer transfer window of 2009, the Portugal international made Los Blancos the best team on the planet during his time at the Bernabeu.
In the end, Ronaldo was sold by Real after they deemed him past his best – with Juventus then bringing him to Italy three years ago.
The 36-year-old has defied his age to continue to excel over in Turin but, in the wake of the club’s Champions League exit, has been linked with a move away.
United have been linked as they always are, particularly following comments made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting he’d love to have his old team-mate in his current side.
And so too have Real, who have lacked superstardom in the time since Ronaldo left.
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Yet in a new twist, Eurosport claim the La Liga giants won’t be re-signing their former No 7 at the end of the campaign.
It’s claimed Kylian Mbappe is currently their priority, with club president Florentino Perez long admiring the PSG hitman.
If they miss out on the France international they could go after Erling Haaland, with talk of the Borussia Dortmund striker leaving the Westfalenstadion starting to gather momentum.
Real also don’t have the money to afford Ronaldo.
While Juventus are said to be prepared to accept a low fee of £20million for the veteran, he’d demand big wages in talks.
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Ronaldo currently earns a gross annual salary of €64m and, with the coronavirus crisis causing financial difficulties for all clubs across the globe, that’s simply too steep.
The report says Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has been trying to reconcile the forward’s relationship with Perez.
But that’s said to be another stumbling block, despite the pair seemingly happy in each other’s company.
Perez and Ronaldo attended a Marca award’s ceremony together in 2019, while the Juventus was invited to watch the club face off against Barcelona in El Clasico last year.
Yet despite that, it seems there’s still bad blood.
Ronaldo previously hit out at Perez for the way he was treated towards the end of his time at Real, saying: “I felt it inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way that they did in the start.
“In the first four or five years there I had the feeling of being ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’.
“The president looked at me through eyes that didn’t want to say the same thing, as if I was no longer indispensable to them, if you know what I mean.
“That’s what made me think about leaving. Sometimes I’d look at the news, where they were saying I was asking to leave.
“There was a bit of that but the truth is I always had the impression the president would not hold me back.”
Zinedine Zidane, meanwhile, has mischievously claimed reports linking Ronaldo back to the club ‘might be true’.
“Yes, it may be [true],” Zidane said.
“We know Cristiano, we know the person he is and everything he has done here.
“But now he’s a Juventus player and we must respect this.
“Now, let’s see what the future will be. I was lucky enough to coach him and he is very impressive. Right now, he’s helping Juventus.”
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