Cristiano Ronaldo in Limbo as Europe’s elite turn their backs on the Manchester United star

25 Jul 2022 | 08:47 | Football

Cristiano Ronaldo faces an uncertain future after the Manchester United forward’s attempts to force him out of Old Trafford failed to spark the rush expected for his signature. The Portuguese superstar shocked United earlier this month with his withdrawal request after the team failed to qualify for the Champions League. Ronaldo There will certainly be a host of top clubs jostling to sign him. But for the first time in his glittering career, he is no longer a must-have for Europe’s wealthy elite as Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain appear to have turned their backs on him. striker.

Worries about Ronaldo’s dwindling employment rates and his demanding celebrity personality have left the 37-year-old in limbo.

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is said to have spoken to Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes about a deal that would mark a new era at Stamford Bridge.

But Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is said to have concerns about trying to integrate Ronaldo into his plans for a flexible third front after signing Raheem Sterling from the city of Manchester.

“We are focused on our top target Raheem Sterling, whom we have signed and everything else remains behind closed doors,” Tuchel said when asked about Ronaldo.

Sell Robert lewandowski Barcelona could create space for Ronaldo at Bayern, but the German champions’ CEO Oliver Kahn has poured cold water on that idea.

“I appreciate Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the greatest, a transfer would not fit our philosophy,” he said.

“I love Cristiano Ronaldo and everyone knows how great he is. But every club has a certain philosophy and I’m not sure if it’s the right thing for Bayern and the Bundesliga if we sign. contract with him now or not.”

United manager Erik ten Hag has repeatedly stated the club’s public view that Ronaldo is “not for sale”.

However, although Ronaldo ended up as United’s top scorer last season, there is growing opinion in Manchester that his departure could benefit Ten Hag’s chance to build. build a team more suited to the style he created at Ajax.

United flourished without Ronaldo on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia, scoring 11 goals in victories over Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace.

Options are dwindling

A three dynamic front of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho have shown what they are capable of.

All three of these players struggled last season after the arrival of Ronaldo changed the style of a United team that finished second in the Premier League last season.

Ronaldo’s time at Juventus also coincided with a decline in the Italian giants’ European results, despite his scoring record of 101 goals in 134 games.

After seeing the two European giants struggle to claim the spot of the older five-time Ballon d’Or winner, there is little acceptance for the veteran goalscorer.

Ronaldo’s iconic status at United, established during his title-laden first spell with the club, has also lost some of its luster.

Andy Mitten, journalist and editor of the United We Stand fanzine, said: “His arrival came to United at the last minute and the third and second-placed teams had to rip off their tactics and get started. again.

“They don’t see Ronaldo as the future of United and there are a lot of fans who will be with that.”

United’s rivals are Manchester City, who have won the race for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Liverpool, who have spent a fee that could reach 100 million euros ($102 million) on Benfica. Darwin Nunezboth chose to sign younger strikers as they entered their prime.

Return to Real Madrid, where Ronaldo starred from 2009 to 2018, does not seem to be given Karim BenzemaTheir dazzling display in the Champions League and La Liga winning campaigns last season.

Even PSG, familiar collectors of football’s big names, can’t seem to run.

A move to Real rivals Atletico Madrid is still a possibility, but with his options dwindling, Ronaldo may have to swallow his pride and stay at Old Trafford.

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If that’s too much for his ego, a last payday in the United States or Saudi Arabia could be clear evidence of Ronaldo’s downfall.

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