Cristiano Ronaldo is apparently contemplating an exit from Old Trafford this summer.
The return to his old club where he made his name was a spectacle, even for non-United fans. He came as an awkward teenager with curly hair and full of electric stepovers. Cristiano established himself as one of the best youngsters in football, winning several Premier League titles, a Champions League, and a prestigious Ballon d’Or. He left in 2008 for Real Madrid, where he scored 450 goals for the Los Blancos and wrote his name into history books. A brief stint at Juventus later, Ronaldo was back at Manchester.
From an individual standpoint, the legendary Portuguese had a productive campaign in 2021/22. He had the third-most goals in the Premier League, and 3 assists to go with it.
However, Manchester United as a team fell way below expectations. The Red Devils languished outside the Champions League places and finished 6th. United flirted dangerously close with the prospect of playing in the Conference League. In the end, they finished with their lowest points tally in the Premier League era.
Clearly, this level of performance does not suit Ronaldo’s high expectations and demands from his teammates. La Repubblica now reports that he may be assessing his options.
Moreover, Erik Ten Hag‘s system may not suit Ronaldo. The Dutch tactician employs a high-pressing style, which may not suit Ronaldo considering he is about to reach 38 years of age.
Possible New Destinations For Ronaldo
Jorge Mendes, the attacker’s agent, is thought to be on the lookout for a new club. Jose Mourinho would love a reunion at Roma. They both worked at Real Madrid together previously.
Sporting Lisbon, where Ronaldo began his professional career, are another club interested.
Although Ronaldo’s best days are behind him, he can be an invaluable asset to any club. Manchester United should try to keep him around for another season, and hope to match his ambition.
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