Portugal and Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has decided to stay with the club amid speculation that he would leave after he felt mistreated by the fans. This all stems from a 14.8 million euro tax fraud accusation in Spain. Since requesting his transfer on June 16, Ronaldo has calmed down and has decided to rethink his future.
Thanks to club President, Florentino Perez, who reportedly called the 32 year old multiple times to try and work things out. Apparently his words got through to Ronaldo, who has played 265 career games with the club since coming from Manchester United in 2009. Ronaldo has never scored less than 25 goals in a season at Real Madrid. Also, add leading them to two consecutive UEFA Champions League titles and three in four years.
But the questions remain, what if Ronaldo really did leave Real Madrid and Spain? Where would he go?
One thing is for certain, Real Madrid would not have the same offensive output if CR7 were to leave. Losing a player like that changes the whole culture of a team or organization. Lionel Messi would become the king of Spanish league soccer, virtually having no real threat to him other than the likes of Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann.
There are three clubs that would be serious contenders to land Ronaldo, if he was leaving Spain. Those clubs are Manchester United (England), Paris Saint-Germain (France), and Bayern Munich (Germany). Not only do these three clubs have the budget to pull a move like this off, they also have the track record to attract the superstar.
Manchester United would have been the favorite, due to the history between the two sides. The Red Devils are where Ronaldo first became the superstar that he is today.
With the flash, the speed, and the finesse to make opponents dance in the cleats.
PSG no doubt has the finances to pull a move like this off, but the lack of support from the team itself, coming off of a lackluster season, would have pushed him away. Bayern has consistently been a juggernaut in league and European competitions. They have the money and the talent, that would have been attractive to Ronaldo.
All of these what ifs, but one day Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid. He has talked about playing in the MLS as his career starts to wind down, but do not look for that anytime soon.
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