The Portugal international has successfully conquered European football since his move to Real for a then world record sum from Old Trafford in 2009. After having gained legendary status in England in just six years, Ronaldo went on to become Real’s leading goalscorer of all time.
The 32-year-old star was linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in the summer, especially after tax fraud allegations in Spain caused him major discomfort.
And now, Spanish outlet Diario Gol has reported that the attacker is demanding a new bumper contract at Real, and failure to get the desired sum could see him join United.
Further reports claim that Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, recently spoke with the Old Trafford club, and United seem interested in bringing back their former player if a situation arises.
Real are said to be happy with keeping Ronaldo, given his continuous and major contribution to their club. The Bernabeu-based giants offered new deals to several players this season, and it is widely expected that the 4-time Ballon d’Or winner will also receive a fresh contract.
However, with Ronaldo nearing the latter stages of his remarkable career, Real president Florentino Perez is actually willing to sell the superstar to United if the Red devils make a huge offer. Ronaldo remains as swift as ever, and has shown no signs of a blip in form, but the situation off the field could tempt the La Liga club to offload their talisman.
It remains to be seen whether Manchester United make an offer for the Portuguese captain, though, given the fact that Jose Mourinho is more keen on bringing in Gareth Bale instead.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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