In a recent report from Manchester Evening News, it was mentioned that Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo have reached a mutual agreement of terminating his contract with immediate effect. The Portuguese captain is currently in Qatar trying to lead his country to the FIFA World Cup finals but he now remains a free agent which means it will be up to him to decide what he wants out of the final years of a glittering career.
The Possible Options For Ronaldo After His Exit From Manchester United?
The Red Devils bid farewell to him in an announcement on Tuesday thanking him for his services at Old Trafford as he had two incredible spells with immense contributions to the club. He has scored a total of 145 goals for over 346 appearances for them across a span of six years. However, now that the saga comes to an end just days after an outspoken TV interview with Piers Morgan came to light, the big question arises as to where the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could play next.
According to a recent article from ESPN, they have speculated the possible clubs Ronaldo could join after the FIFA World Cup comes to an end. There are only a handful of teams who can negotiate with him currently, one being PSG and the other being Chelsea. However, the French giants already boast a star-studded squad and it remains unclear whether the Blues’ boss Graham Potter is willing to include him in the squad after former manager Thomas Tuchel ruled out the idea last summer.
Two Key Issues With Ronaldo’s Decision To Join Any Club
The Portugal international’s contract with the Red Devils offered him a wage of £500,000 per week, plus bonuses, which would be a huge amount for any club to incur at the moment. There would only be a handful of clubs even sitting down for negotiations so he would have to address it eventually by lowering his wage demands.
The 37-year-old has been persistent on the fact that he wants to keep playing at a high level suggesting he would only choose to go to a Champions League club as he wants to compete at the top tier. The market for Ronaldo would only widen if he lowers his wages and agrees to play quality football for clubs trying to qualify for the UCL this year.