5 Top Clubs Cristiano Ronaldo Could Join As He Tells Man Utd He Wants To Leave Old Trafford

Cristiano Ronaldo may be on the verge of leaving Manchester United despite only rejoining the club a year ago due to the Red Devils’ failure to make the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly told Manchester United he wants to go and is searching for a new challenge.

The 37-year-old is dissatisfied that United only qualified for the Europa League—a league he has never played in—instead of the Champions League next season, as initially reported by The Times and later confirmed by Mirror Football. Ronaldo now wants to take a risk. If the Red Devils receive a solid offer during the transfer window, he wants to leave the team.

The third-highest scorer in the division, the Portugal international scored 24 goals in 38 games last season, including 18 in the Premier League. Only last summer did Ronaldo, who had previously enjoyed successful stints at Real Madrid and Juventus, make his fantastical comeback to Old Trafford. Here are five probable clubs that could sign Ronaldo in light of that.

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  • PSG

With Neymar edging closer to leaving Paris Saint-Germain, the French giants could be looking to sign another attacker this summer. Ronaldo has previously been linked with a move to the club, and any potential switch to the Parc de Princes would see him line up alongside Lionel Messi for the first time in his career.

Angel di Maria has also departed PSG after seven years, and the club may move for Ronaldo given his pedigree and goalscoring record over the past two decades. Kylian Mbappe was great in the middle for most of last season, but he could also play on the left if Ronaldo was on the right and Messi was in the middle.

  • Chelsea

The Blues are ready to bolster their forward options after Romelu Lukaku re-joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan last week. Ronaldo is a name that has been thrown into the mix with a player keen to play Champions League football-and Chelsea can guarantee that after they finished third in the last campaign.

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Kai Havertz is the Blues’ only other central striker at the club after moving further forward from midfielder, while Timo Werner can also play through the middle when needed. But Ronaldo would bring some much-needed experience in those attacking areas and help ease Chelsea’s struggles in front of goal.

  • Roma

Although Roma will be participating in the Europa League, the prospect of a return to Jose Mourinho could attract Ronaldo after the pair worked so successfully together at Real Madrid. There has been some speculation suggesting Mourinho would welcome the experienced forward to the Stadio Olimpico, but finances could be an issue in getting this one over the line. 

  • Real Madrid

Having previously endured a highly-successful nine-year spell at Real Madrid, Ronaldo could return to Los Blancos after they failed in their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe earlier in the window. Karim Benzema, their only other senior forward in the squad, may need another option as they aim to win even more trophies.

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Ronaldo struck 450 goals in 438 games for Real and helped them win multiple Champions League and La Liga titles throughout his time in Madrid. It would be a remarkable move for both parties, and the transfer could work if Los Blancos were willing to wait for another two to three years for Mbappe or Erling Haaland.

  • Bayern Munich

There has been plenty of talk surrounding Robert Lewandowski’s future all summer, with the Poland attacker hoping to secure a move away from Bayern Munich. Since joining the German giants in 2014 from Borussia Dortmund, the 33-year-old has scored 344 goals in 375 games, but he wants to try something new.

Lewandowski’s potential departure would leave a huge gap to fill, but Ronaldo could slot into that hole perfectly given his prolific record. He also has never played in the Bundesliga and it would give him a chance to win a different league title.

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