According to the Times, the 37-year old is motivated by the desire to play in Champions League for the rest of his career. This comes after several rumors linking the Portuguese star with a move to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo is set to leave Manchester after playing in the Champions League for 19 consecutive seasons. Five-time European champion, he has played in 183 tournament appearances, scoring 140 goals and providing 42 assists. This makes him one of the best, if not the most, players in Europe’s elite competition.
According to the Times, the Portugal international feels he still has three to four years of playing at the highest level and would like to play with a team in the Champions League.
Where could Ronaldo go should he leave Man United?
Ronaldo has been linked to several clubs in recent weeks, including Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Roma. Roma is the only club that is not in the Champions League, but they are close to signing the Portuguese star.
According to reports, the 37-year old is in talks with Jorge Mendes, who is Mourinho’s agent. They are currently discussing a move to Roma. Todofichajes claims that conversations are ongoing and that a deal could be closed by July 7.
Bayern signed Sadio Mane, a Liverpool striker, but could lose Robert Lewandowski. They are likely to try and replace the Polish striker by a younger star, but Ronaldo could be in the mix.
– Chelsea has just allowed Romelu Lukaku to return to Inter Milan on loan, and now they are without a recognized striker for next season. While the Blues are currently focusing on signing a centre back and winger, there is still a spot at the London club for the Portugal International.
The romantic option at Sporting CP is finally available. This is where Ronaldo started his career. Although this would be a great move for the star, the report suggests that the 37-year old wants to join a club that is competitive in the Champions League. The Portuguese side are not.
Manchester United could lose their top scorer last season, which will be a major blow to their fan base. This comes ahead of a campaign that had been generating excitement amongst their supporters. It will be interesting to see who they hire to replace the star striker, should he depart, as Liverpool is their bitter rival.