Cristiano Ronaldo could make amazing £156m exit: Manchester United and PSG ready to smash transfer record this summer
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been put on alert after shock reports emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo could be set to leave Real Madrid this summer, despite inspiring them to their second successive Champions League title with two goals against Juventus only last weekend.
According to reports in the Mirror, the 32-year-old could be the subject of world record bids, from PSG and United in particular, having scored 42 goals in 46 games on the way to helping Real also win their first La Liga title in five years. It is likely he will clinch a fifth Ballon d’Or at the end of the year, too, equalling the record held by rival and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Both United and PSG have been keen on signing Ronaldo in the past, with the English club selling him to Los Blancos in 2009 for a then world record fee of £80million. He remains a popular figure at Old Trafford, with many fans pleading for him to return in the years since his departure. But it would be interesting to see him link up with Jose Mourinho, who was manager at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2010 and 2013, again. The pair had a rocky relationship while working together, and it may scupper any chances of him re-joining United.
PSG have been desperate for a player of Ronaldo’s stature to join them, despite his age. His fitness levels and general condition suggest he could go on to play at the highest level for a number of years, and it is hard to see Real actually allowing to leave, regardless of the offers on the table.
Despite flirting with an exit at times over the last eight years, Ronaldo has defined the modern era in the Spanish capital. The Portuguese star has eclipsed two legendary figures in Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano in becoming the club’s all time top goalscorer, and has maintained in recent years that he plans to end his career at the Bernabeu.
Both United and PSG could be in need of attacking reinforcements though, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo’s ex-teammate Wayne Rooney, as well as Edinson Cavani, heavily linked with exits from their respective clubs this summer. Mourinho certainly has money to spend, having also been linked with moves for Antoine Griezmann., Alvaro Morata and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in recent weeks, although a deal for Ronaldo would be much more of a challenge to complete financially.