Manchester United are the most likely candidates to sign Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo is refusing to discuss his long term future with the Spanish media. Where might he end up if he leaves Real Madrid?

According to the Guardian, Real Madrid have put a contract extension offer in front of Cristiano Ronaldo and he won’t sign it. His current deal expires in 2015, here are the five clubs he’s most likely to join if he moves on before that point.

Paris Saint-Germain

All of the fresh speculation coming from Spain is that Ronaldo will move to Paris. PSG are in a fortunate position in the respect that they could afford his transfer fee and any wage packet which follows. Money isn’t the question, it’s whether Ronaldo would want to move to a weaker league than he has ever played in.

Chances: 5/10

Manchester United

No fan, individual or player currently connected to United would say they don’t want Ronaldo back. The player parted on good terms with Sir Alex Ferguson and the club and most importantly, United have first dibs on Ronaldo should he become available. Some reports have suggested Ronaldo has said United are the only club in England he would consider joining/going back to.

Chances: 7/10

Manchester City

Similarly to PSG City wouldn’t have a problem as far as wages and transfer fees are concerned. They pay Mario Balotelli £170,000 per week and Ronaldo on a parallel would justify a higher amount. The stumbling block here is his United history because it’s extremely unlikely that Ronaldo would alienate the United side of Manchester which he has described his affection for.

Chances: 5/10

Barcelona

If Ronaldo stays in Spain then there is really only one club he could join and that’s Barca. It would mean a spectacular Ronaldo-Messi link up which would be the envy of every side in the world. It wouldn’t be the first time that high profile stars of these clubs have switched allegiances but the socio-political roots of both teams mean this move is down the pecking order in terms of likeliness.

Chances: 4/10

Anzhi

If Ronaldo went to Russian side Anzhi, he would earn more money than he could ever dream of. Samuel Eto’o is the highest paid player at football on over £300,000 per week and Ronaldo would be up in the same bracket if he went there. This would be a financially motivated move and nothing else.

Chances: 3/10

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