With many big summer transfers already confirmed, it is certain there are more big hits before September 1. 5-time Ballon d’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly asked Manchester United to let him leave if a suitable offer arrives. According to transfer guru Duncan Castles, the Portuguese star wants to play Champions League football next season. With Real Madrid missing out on Mbappé, Cristiano Ronaldo may be an option for Los Blancos in their quest for a 15th Champions League trophy next season. He left Real Madrid in 2018 after a rumoured fall-out with club president Florentino Pérez.
In April 2021, Florentino Pérez was asked on Josep Pedrerol’s El Chiringuito program if a return to Real Madrid is possible for the Portuguese icon. Florentino replied, “It won’t happen. There is no reason make such a move”. This definitely makes a return for Cristiano very unlikely but it is not all closed yet. Wih Real Madrid being one of the tip clubs in the Champions League for next season, it remains another option for the Manchester United striker. Cristiano Ronaldo was at Real Madrid for 9 seasons, netting 451 goals and winning 4 Champions League trophies. He is arguably Los Blancos’ greatest ever player.
Last season, Real Madrid managed to win the Champions League in a historical fashion after eliminating PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City, setting up an epic final vs Liverpool whom they conquered by a Vinicius Junior lone goal. The return of Cristiano will certainly mean a reduction in game time for Vinicius Junior who has grown to become the engine of the team’s attack. The coming weeks will determine where Cristiano Ronaldo will play next season. Currently, he is yet to begin preseason training with his future still up in the air.