CR7 on the move: where could Cristiano Ronaldo be heading after Manchester United?
After an explosive interview with Piers Morgan’s TalkTV, it appears Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at Manchester United could be coming to a dramatic end. Being one of the game’s greatest, the Portuguese player will have many suitors vying for his signature – here are some tips on where he might end up.
The MLS is no stranger to welcoming superstars in the twilight of their careers. Ronaldo’s former colleagues Wayne Rooney and David Beckham famously did so, with Gareth Bale the latest to make the switch to the States. Inter Miami, managed by Ronaldo’s former Man United teammate Phil Neville, are the latest to be linked with a move for the 37-year-old.
While ‘soccer’ becomes increasingly developed in the US, both in the men’s and women’s games, one of the most dominant sports continues to be NFL. Bettors interested in this sport can use sites such as BonusFinder, which published an article on offers involving Ohio teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. Across the other side of the country in California, however, Miami is looking to bolster its options in a very different kind of football. It remains to be seen whether Ronaldo would be willing to make this switch, although with the MLS on the rise a potential move can certainly not be discounted.
“Phil has helped #InterMiamiCF build a winning culture, and we feel our processes, collaboration and communication have begun to bear fruit. We are ready for the road ahead and are confident we are heading in the right direction.” – Chris Henderson pic.twitter.com/K90hoop7VG
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) November 7, 2022
Originally rumoured to be interested in the 37-year-old this summer, Chelsea’s links with Ronaldo caused initial frictions with owner Todd Boehly and manager Thomas Tuchel that would later develop into the German being sacked after just eight matches in charge. With Tuchel’s firm stance against bringing the forward no longer an issue, the doors may have opened for Ronaldo to make the short trip south to the nation’s capital.
Given the endless cash flow available to the Blues, and Ronaldo currently settled in England, Chelsea could be a wise tip for the Portuguese’s next destination. New coach Graham Potter is likely to have less power in the club’s transfer strategy given his relatively short stint at Stamford Bridge, with recent reports suggesting Chelsea has reignited their interest. Given that Potter’s side is currently lacking in goals and failed to win any of their last five league games before the international break, a superstar appointment could benefit the Blues.
Win together. Draw together. Lose together.
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— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 12, 2022
The most romantic entry on this list sees Ronaldo return to where it all began, back to Lisbon and Primeira Liga side Sporting CP. Ruben Amorim’s men currently sit in fourth in the league as club football breaks for the World Cup, after finishing a disappointing third in Champions League Group D following a 1-2 defeat to Frankfurt on match-day six of the competition. Given Sporting’s recent failings, and with much of the season still to play, recruiting someone as prolific as Cristiano could help salvage their season.
The main obstacle to this transfer tip would be the player’s exuberant wage demands. Ronaldo is reportedly on £515,000 a week in Manchester, which is nearly seven times the amount of the highest earner currently at the Portuguese club. Nevertheless, with his family still in Portugal and having amassed a more than healthy sum of money in his career, the romance of returning to his boyhood club – even at the expense of a significant wage cut – could appeal to Ronaldo and his entourage.
— Sporting CP English (@SportingCP_en) November 1, 2022
While the conclusion of Manchester United’s investigations into the player will no doubt be delayed in coming to light, it appears Ronaldo’s future no longer remains at Manchester United. Whether the next club is featured on this list or is a new side entirely is anyone’s guess, but tipsters can be sure that this transfer saga is far from finished.