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Real Madrid Keen On Re-Signing This Former Superstar: Should Ancelotti Get Him On Board?

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In a recent report, the Daily Mirror claimed that Real Madrid are keen on re-signing their former superstar and current Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo. It has been mentioned that Los Blancos are planning to bring the Portuguese talent back to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium this summer.

Ronaldo’s Decent Run Of Form At The Theatre Of Dreams

Ronaldo is having a good campaign at Old Trafford despite his team’s struggles to remain consistent with their results on the field. The 37-year-old has taken part in 37 matches for the Mancunian outfit this season, netting 23 goals and picking up three assists in various competitions.

The Portugal international has proven himself to be a capable striker up top based on his average of 3.7 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been excellent when distributing possession in the final third after making 81.5% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United tracked by Thiago Silva of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on April 28, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Should Real Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti Get Ronaldo On Board This Summer?

Ronaldo remains a deadly finisher on the attacking end of the field. He can still create space with ease and excels at getting a few shots in on target. The experienced Portugal international can even orchestrate a few clear-cut chances for his teammates. However, he has lost a lot of pace from his game and tends to stay isolated in the opponent’s half which can sometimes make him a liability off the ball.

Still, Real Madrid would be wise to move in for Ronaldo during the summer transfer window. At 37, he might still have a couple of years left in him to play at a high level.

Thus, Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti should think about getting the Man United star on board in this off-season. We can expect the Portuguese legend to add a lot of firepower to the Italian tactician’s attack at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. He won’t be a long-term signing for the Madrid giants but could still help them challenge for a few more major trophies over the next couple of seasons.

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