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Barcelona Are In Talks To Land This Manchester United Forward: Should Xavi Get Him On Board?

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In a recent report, AS revealed that Barcelona are in talks to land Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. It has been mentioned that the Catalan giants are showing interest in recruiting the Portugal international who wants to part ways with the Red Devils in this off-season.

Ronaldo’s Impressive Form In Manchester Last Season

Ronaldo managed to score goals at a high rate at Old Trafford last season but failed to help his team find consistency in terms of getting results on the field. The 37-year-old netted 24 goals and earned three assists in 38 matches for Man United in the previous campaign across all competitions.

The Portuguese superstar deserves a lot of credit for averaging 3.7 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He was even excellent when distributing possession from the back, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 81.9% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 12: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on March 12, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images ( and Imago Images (

Should Barcelona Boss Xavi Get Ronaldo On Board?

Ronaldo can still be a deadly finisher in front of the opposition goal and is proficient at setting up a few decent chances for others around him.

The Funchal-born talent has got the football IQ to make a few clever turns inside the opposition penalty area and can cause a lot of headaches for his marker in the final third.

Ronaldo will bring a lot of goals to Barca boss Xavi‘s attack and could help the Catalan club challenge for even more trophies in the future. He already knows the La Liga well from his successful spell at Real Madrid and won’t take any time settling into life in Spain.

At 37, Ronaldo might still have a few good years left in him to play at a high level. He remains a prolific goal-getter and has the right mindset to taste success at the Nou Camp. Therefore, he will be a decent, short-term acquisition for Barca to pull off this summer. Thus, Xavi would be wise to get the Man United superstar on board before the start of the new season.

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