22.03.2021 » Five clubs that Cristiano Ronaldo could join this summer
Out of the Champions League and with significant ground to make up in the Serie A title race, the 2020/21 season has been a pretty sour one for Juventus. It may be the case that they seek to rebuild the playing staff from the ground up this summer, and that may mean they seek to move Cristiano Ronaldo on – after all, he earns a reported €28 million a year, which is an almighty hit on the club's wage budget. CR7's contract is set to run out in the summer of 2022, but the Old Lady may just decide to cash in now while the Portuguese ace could command a transfer fee. Even though he has turned 36, Ronaldo is in outstanding physical shape and is still doing the business – he has blasted 23 goals in just 21 Serie A starts this term, plus four in six in the Champions League. There is absolutely no danger of Ronaldo bowing out quietly – he still has so much to give, evidently, and so here are five clubs that may just try to lure CR7 this summer.
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The club where Cristiano ultimately made his name, could a return to Manchester United be on the cards?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that signing the 36-year-old would be warmly received by the Old Trafford faithful, and he could easily play as a central striker for at least another year in England.
The money wouldn't be an issue as such – Paul Pogba is thought to be keen on a return to Turin and could be used as a bargaining chip, and so the signs are promising.
If Ronaldo was to re-join United, it would do wonders for their chances of winning the Premier League title in 2022. Those with a knowledge of how to bet would love to see the Portuguese in United as it would surely allow them win more money. A move to United would also boost the Red Devils's chances of prevailing over their local rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
A hero's welcome would be assured if Ronaldo were to return to the Bernabéu.
There's that old saying of "never go back where you were happy before", but CR7 is still adored in Madrid and would feature in a team that is essentially the same as the one he left prior to his move to Italy.
A dominant force in Spanish football once more, Ronaldo could help them to become the powerhouse of the continent too.
At this stage of his career, Cristiano would surely be seeking a final challenge.
The chance to try and turn PSG into Champions League winners after falling short so many times might just appeal.
And who wouldn't want to play in a forward line with Neymar and Kylian Mbappé?
While they never played together at Manchester United, Ronaldo has spoken of his great respect for David Beckham – he was honoured to be handed the famous number seven jersey that "Becks" had worn.
The Englishman is now the owner of Inter Miami, and he has the financial power to tempt Ronaldo to the United States.
Whether CR7 feels ready to move to the MLS – that competition is generally considered a retirement home for former stars – remains to be seen.
Could a return to his spiritual home be on the cards?
Ronaldo started his career at Sporting Lisbon and, while they don't have the financial muscle to offer him what he wants as far as a salary is concerned, maybe the chance to pull on the green-and-white shirt again would appeal.
Whatever happens, it seems unlikely there will be a shortage of suitors for Cristiano's signature this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Portugal in the World Cup Qualifiers is on March 24, against Azerbaijan. You can watch Portugal vs Azerbaijan, Italy vs Northern Ireland, Spain vs Greece, Belgium vs Wales, France vs Ukraine, and Turkey vs Netherlands, all matches provided from our football streaming game pages.
Portugal next game:
Portugal vs Azerbaijan kick-off time (24-03-2021):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+7: 02:45
Jakarta (Indonesia) | UTC/GMT+6: 01:45
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+4.30: 00:15
Italy (Turin) | UTC/GMT+1: 20:45
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-4: 15:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-5: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-8: 11:45
Sources: ronaldo7.net / whoscored.com / mirror.co.uk