Cristiano shocked Real Madrid fans in the aftermath of his sides 3-1 Champions League triumph over Liverpool last night by suggesting that his time with the Spanish giants is about to come to an end.
Speaking after the Bernabeu outfit secured a record breaking third successive UCL crown and the thirteenth in the club’s illustrious history, the Portugal international said:
“In coming days there’ll be answer about my future. It has been very nice playing for Real Madrid.”
When quizzed about his star attackers comments Real coach Zinedine Zidane was adamant that Ronaldo would be staying with the Spanish giants, while club captain Sergio Ramos urged his 33-year-old team-mate to clarify his comments as he is such a key part of Los Blancos continued success.
However, speaking today, while Ronaldo did admit he had maybe picked the wrong time to speak about his future, he has seemingly stood by his comments and insists that he will have a big announcement to make in the coming days.
“I spoke when I shouldn’t have done but something is going to happen. It wasn’t the right time, but I was honest,” said Ronaldo.
“In a week I’ll say something because the fans have always supported me and are in my heart. I don’t speak much, but when I speak, I speak.”
Ronaldo moved to Real in a then world record £80 million deal from Manchester United in 2009, and has found the net an astonishing 451 times in just 438 games. Last night was his fourth Champions League triumph with club and his fifth in total, having already won the tournament once during his time at Old Trafford.
His admission that he may be ready to leave the Spanish capital is certainly a stunning development and should make for some intriguing transfer updates over the coming days.
It remains to be seen however where exactly he would move to, due to the massive financial outlay any potential suitors will have to cough up in terms of a transfer fee and wages.
His former club Manchester United and French money bags PSG are two clubs that would certainly be able to absorb the financial cost of any deal and both clubs are the current favourites to secure his services with most bookmakers.
A money spinning move to the MLS or Chinese league are also a possibility, although it is doubtful that a player who again finished as the top scorer in the Champions League this season would be willing to move to a so called lesser league at this stage of his career.