With the club football season ending it’s time for yet another Cristiano Ronaldo ‘’will he, won’t he,’’ leave Real Madrid transfer saga.
The Portuguese superstar even seemed to suggest that he had played his last game for Los Blancos last weekend, after his side’s Champions League final victory over Liverpool last weekend.
However, as most football fans and fans of his former club Manchester United in particular know, the 33-year-old has made comments like this many times in the past only to end up signing a new and improved contract with Real.
Spanish football expert Rik Sharma has now waded in on the debate and he reckons that both Real and Ronaldo would be open to a transfer, but the biggest problem is there are few clubs out there who would be able to absorb the financial cost of any deal for the Champions League’s all time top scorer.
“If there is a team that wants to buy Cristiano Ronaldo, who can afford the transfer fee and who can afford the wages, I think Real Madrid would be absolutely willing to let him go and Ronaldo would be even happier to leave,” Sharma said on Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast.
“He wants to double the money he’s on. Messi gets roughly 40 million euros a year from Barcelona. Ronaldo gets 20 million, and they have both won five Ballon d’Ors.
“He’s saying ‘I’m still the most important player in the team that has won the Champions League, I should be on that kind of salary’.
“But the problem is there’s so few teams who can buy Ronaldo.”
Ronaldo has been heavily linked with a return to his former club Man United in pretty much every transfer window since he left Old Trafford in 2009 and the Red Devils are definitely one of the few clubs out there who could afford his wages and transfer fee, although it is doubtful that they would shell out the type of mega money involved for a player who is now 33.