Manchester United target Ronaldo on course to score 80 goals in one season

Manchester United transfer target Cristiano Ronaldo on course, mathematically, to score 80 goals this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo struck his 22nd La Liga hat-trick at the weekend, moving further ahead of Lionel Messi's 19.

The Real Madrid superstar dazzled in the 5-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao, showing just why Manchester United are desperate to re-sign him.

Whether he is Old Trafford bound or not, what is certain is that he has a majestic season in store at the Bernabeu, and more records are expected to be shattered.

Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague claims the Portuguese maestro is on course for a staggering figure, and claims his output illustrates a positional shift.

He told SkySports: "80 goals this season he will do if he continues this progession. He has 13 goals and one assist, which suggests he is a number nine."

Balague then went on to contradict himself regarding Ronaldo's future at the club: "He told Perez dont worry I'm not going this summer. It doesn't mean he won't go, but Real Madrid won't let him go."

If United are hoping to lure him, they better hope he slows down his scoring, for should Real Madrid be tempted even a tiny bit to hang onto him, if he scores 60 goals, let alone 80, the Champions League winners will not let him go.

The secondary effect of that will mean the potential price tag for the forward will shoot up to an even more astronomical fee, and make a deal unsustainable for the Red Devils to finance.


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