Amid rumors Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Juventus in the summer of 2021, let’s check out the 10 clubs that he could join next.
Could Ronaldo’s time at Juventus really be up? There have been doubts for over a year, but he is still around to this day as the club’s star performer under his third different manager in as many seasons in Andrea Pirlo.
Six goals in just five league games this season proves that, even at 35, Ronaldo remains in red-hot form and at the top of his game.
But even these eye-watering stats, on top of a goal-laden first two seasons, appear to be not enough. If the rumors are true, the Bianconeri board won’t offer the Portuguese ace an extension on his contract that expires in 2022.
The alleged plan is to SELL the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at the end of the season before he walks out as a free agent.
But who exactly could afford Ronaldo in this current climate? Or be prepared to break the bank for him?
Using odds from Betfair, we’ve rounded up the names of the 10 favorites to sign Ronaldo in the summer of 2021 from top to bottom.
1) PSG – 2.4
Teaming up with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in Paris would be a dreamlike scenario for any fan. Even Ronaldo, again if rumors are to be believed, fancies the prospect and eyed a move to PSG before COVID-19 curtailed it.
Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has spoken on his respect for CR7 in the past and would no doubt offer him a big fat cheque.
2) Inter Miami – 4.33
David Beckham’s MLS franchise clinched a playoff spot at the first time of asking on Sunday in the Eastern Conference. Title glory is still an outside bet, but it’s been a solid debut campaign by all means.
Now Beckham wants to bring in some star power to Inter Miami for a title push next season. Sergio Ramos, who is out of contract at Real Madrid next summer, is reportedly on his list. And he’s made it no secret of his desire to add Ronaldo to his team either.
3) LA Galaxy – 6.0
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no more, and Javier Hernandez has failed to fill the void left by the big Swede in Los Angeles.
LA Galaxy, therefore, will probably be on the lookout for a new striker to supply the goals in the MLS. Adding Ronaldo seems a long shot at best, but Betfair apparently feels otherwise.
4) Real Madrid – 8.5
Could the Bernabeu be the perfect spot for Ronaldo to have his ‘last dance’?
The 35-year-old is arguably the greatest player in Real Madrid history after a goal and trophy-laden nine years and could still prove to be the difference-maker for Zinedine Zidane’s squad – especially for the Champions League.
5) Bayern Munich – 10.0
The Bavarians conquered everything last season on route to Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League glory.
One could argue they already have a goal machine in Robert Lewandowski, but what’s the harm in having two? That, on top of the many promising talents coming through, would make Bayern an attractive option for any player.
6) Manchester United – 10.0
Ronaldo became a world-class player during his Red Devils career and still keeps tabs on his old club, according to Bruno Fernandes.
United are no longer the same beasts they once were under CR7, but the challenge in bringing back those glory might just suit him. Leading them back to Premier League and Champions League glory would probably elevate him beyond legendary status.
7) Manchester City – 15.0
Pep Guardiola’s side had their hearts set on Lionel Messi in the summer, but a change in the presidency at Barcelona may convince the Argentine to stay put.
If that turns out to the case, and Sergio Aguero leaves once his contract expires in 2021, could Ronaldo be the man instead? Again it seems unlikely, but Betfair feels there’s a chance it may happen.
8) Sporting CP – 19.0
Returning to the place where it all started might be a fitting end for Ronaldo’s glorious career. He is Sporting’s greatest academy product and there is even talk the club could name their stadium after him.
9) FC Barcelona – 23.0
If Messi leaves Barcelona, who would replace him?
That’s something nobody answered in the summer but, if there was somebody, could it be Ronaldo? He would have no problems bagging the goals, but his past ties to Real Madrid alone make this a huge outside chance.
10) AC Milan – 34.0
The Serie A leaders claimed they nearly signed Ronaldo in 2018, but had to pull the plug on a potential deal due to the finances involved.
But the prospect of Cristiano linking up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the San Siro would be hard to turn down.