Cristiano Ronaldo has been the centerpiece of arguments concerning the finest players to have graced the great game for close to a decade now.
It is not uncommon for the Portuguese superstar to be linked with moves during transfer windows, with prodigal returns to Manchester United generally being the subject matter.
However, the most substantial possibility of a move was given by the man himself after Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph, and it sent the football world reeling with rumormongers.
“Now it’s time to enjoy this. In the next few days I’ll give the fans, who have been by my side, an answer. It’s been great being at Real Madrid,” said the Portuguese.
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Promising words, even though his sizable release clause and long-term contract question all possibilities of a probable exit.
The large consensus seems to be that Ronaldo wishes to pocket the kind of wage packages that Messi and Neymar do, somewhere in the region of €750,000-a-week.
Now, in the midst of a transfer storm, Real Madrid may have just added fuel to the flame.
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On their website, with the roster sporting the new kit for the 2018/19 season, there is a conspicuous absence of one well-known face.
Ronaldo’s jersey not having a face has led people to make all sorts of conclusions, most of them involving him departing. This begs the question as to why the club would wish to make such a cryptic statement.
Some more logically believe that Ronaldo’s Nike sponsorship doesn’t allow him to appear in an Adidas campaign. However, the fact that he has appeared on every single launch prior as a star-piece, coupled with Ramos also being under the Nike umbrella, makes this argument null.
And as far as departures go, the face of Bale hasn’t been given the same treatment, and he has been even more linked with the possibility of departing.
Precisely what is the reason behind this, and does it involve a big-money move away from Spain?