Ronaldo wants to achieve this before heading back to Manchester United

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Cristiano Ronaldo is apparently waiting to achieve this stat before heading back to Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo has played down an imminent exit from Real Madrid, with Goal.com suggesting it’s because he wants to break Raul’s goalscoring record at the club.

Ronaldo has been heavily linked with a return to Manchester United due to apparent unhappiness at the Bernabeu.

Louis van Gaal has admitted that he’s open to the possibility of bringing the Portuguese star back to Old Trafford while Sky’s Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has suggested he’d love a United return.

However, it appears he wants to become Real’s greatest ever goalscoring before returning to the Premier League.

“Ronaldo has openly spoken about his desire to return to Old Trafford in the future, and Goal understands he wants to surpass Raul's mark of 323 goals for Madrid before heading back to the club where he made his name,” reports Goal.

So how much further does he have to go and how long will it take him to get there?

He’s currently on 260 goals for Real Madrid after his exploits earlier this week, which leaves him with 64 goals before he’s the leading goalscorer for Los Blancos.

How long he’ll take to score that amount is difficult to judge.

It’s not impossible that he could score 35 goals in La Liga this season, which leaves 29 goals to score in all other competitions, which may be more difficult.

If he plays out of his skin, which he currently is doing with 12 goals in eight appearances across all competitions, then it’s possible United could look at the deal next summer.

Ronaldo certainly wouldn’t be allowed to leave Los Blancos in the middle of a season, which would seriously threaten the current side’s chances of winning silverware on multiple fronts.

In short, if he stays at Real Madrid, he’s going to break Raul’s record at some point it’s just a case of when and how Manchester United take advantage of the situation once he’s achieved that stat.

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