The Cristiano Ronaldo Conundrum

Nnaemeka Nwala
Nnaemeka Nwala July 3, 2022
Updated 2022/07/03 at 2:40 PM

Just a year after a sensational return to Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told Manchester United that he wants to leave the club in pursuit of Champions League football.

According to Times, the 37-year-old has requested that United accept any suitable offers for his services.

Christian Ronaldo was United’s top goal scorer with 24 goals after making a fairytale return to the club last summer from Juventus.

The Athletic has reported that from the standpoint of Manchester United, the player is not for sale and remains under contract with them for another year.

The Portuguese legend has played in Europe’s elite competition for 19 consecutive seasons, however, he is staring at a first-ever campaign in the Europa League after United finished sixth.

The Telegraph adds that Ronaldo is confident he still has three or four years left in him at the very top level and wants to represent a team capable of winning trophies.

Although, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had previously talked about how “happy and excited” he was at Old Trafford with the club set for a new era under Erik ten Hag.

“I know he [Ten Hag] did a fantastic job for Ajax and that he’s an experienced coach,” he said only last month. “But we need to give him time and things need to change the way he wants.

“I hope we have success of course. Because if you have success, all of Manchester are going to have success as well.

“So I wish him the best. We are happy and excited – not only the players but the supporters as well.

“I wish him the best and let’s hope that next year we’re going to win trophies.”

Ronaldo has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and Chelsea so far this summer, with the Blues’ new chief Todd Boehly recently meeting with the player’s agent Jorge Mendes in Portugal.

It remains to be seen what Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision will be however what is clear is that the football legend is up for grabs and has an intention to continue plying his trade in a club that can provide Champions League football.

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