Speculation over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo intensified this week as the Portuguese winger put his house in the Spanish capital up for sale.
The 28-year-old had been linked for several months with a move away from the Bernabeu after suggesting he was unhappy at the club where he has spent the last four years of his career.
The club’s president Florentino Perez insists the player is not for sale but his contract will enter it’s final year next summer and for a player they paid £80 million to Manchester United for, that is a dangerous situation.
An asset as valuable as he is will not be allowed to shuffle his feet much longer over a new contract – if he doesn’t sign soon, I would expect the club to sell him to the highest bidder.
Now, it would appear Ronaldo has been doing some business of his own – he put his €5.4 million home up for sale, amidst rumours he could be on his way out of Spain.
This will come as music to the ears of Manchester United fans who would be overjoyed to see the prodigal son return to Old Trafford. However, I wouldn’t bet on it as there are some rather more affluent suitors admiring him at present – the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco.
Whilst Ronaldo’s birthplace is in Madeira his sporting home will undoubtedly always be Old Trafford – that’s where he made his name. He cites Sir Alex Ferguson as his father figure in football.
Wherever he chooses to move, Ronaldo can rest assured in the knowledge he is always welcome to come back to Old Trafford where 75,000 people still consider him one of the family.
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