5 clubs Cristiano Ronaldo can join after World Cup as Man Utd end his contract
Cristiano Ronaldo has left Manchester United with immediate effect, following his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo slammed United in his tell-all interview, causing the pair to mutually part ways just days into the 2022 World Cup. The fallout from the interview has created a rift between the two parties which has proved too much to solve.
And football fans have already started to speculate where the 37-year-old could end up next. From a triumphant return to a boyhood side to one last shot at glory, Daily Star Sport looks at five potential destinations for Ronaldo.
Over the summer, Chelsea emerged as a surprise destination for the superstar – with Todd Boehly wanting a vanity signing for his new project in London.
However, it was reported that Thomas Tuchel turned down the Portuguese megastar. Tuchel has since been sacked at Stamford Bridge and replaced by the Englishman Graham Potter, who could accept Ronaldo into his fold.
Chelsea are one of the few sides that can afford Ronaldo's mega wages, with the 367-year-old walking away from a £500,000-per-week deal at Old Trafford.
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In a move for love over money, Ronaldo could head home to Portugal, and sign for his boyhood side: Sporting Lisbon.
Ronaldo, still then a skinny tricky winger with blonde highlights in his hair, left Sporting in 2003 after dazzling Sir Alex Ferguson in a pre-season friendly. As a result, Ronaldo has only made 25 competitive appearances in Portugal.
Like Chelsea, Sporting were interested in Ronaldo over the summer, and they could offer the 37-year-old Champions League football – but they have since been dumped out of Europe's premier competition.
The nouveau-riche Newcastle has more than enough funds to break the bank and tempt the 37-year-old up north.
Newcastle might be an attractive prospect for Ronaldo too – as he might not have to move house or drastically change his family's life. There's an ambitious project at St James' Park, and, whisper it quietly, maybe Champions League football next season.
However, Eddie Howe might be the man to veto the move, having built a strong squad with smart signings.
In a move straight from the pages of a fictional novel, Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar together – that's presuming Kylian Mbappe moves on at the end of the season.
Like Newcastle and Chelsea, PSG can afford to tempt Ronaldo to Ligue 1, while Paris itself is an attractive destination. However, the most tantalising prospect would see Ronaldo and Messi lead the line side-by-side.
Would it make sense? No. Would it work? Maybe. Would it be glorious to watch? Absolutely.
If Ronaldo was to leave Europe, a move to America makes more sense than a trip to the Middle East.
Plenty of stars have hoped across the Atlantic in the twilight of their career for one last hurrah. David Beckham's Inter Miami had emerged as an option in the summer, and Messi has also been linked with the side keeping that dream alive.
It's safe to say Wayne Rooney's DC United wouldn't be an option should he jet stateside.
Courtesy of Betfair
- Sporting CP 3/1
- Chelsea 4/1
- Any MLS Club 6/1
- Bayern Munich 17/2
- PSG 12/1
- Napoli 12/1
- Roma 16/1
- Real Madrid 16/1
- Man City 16/1
- Atletico Madrid 25/1
- Newcastle 25/1
- Arsenal 25/1
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