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Cristiano Ronaldo is on the hunt for a new club after leaving Manchester United.
Giving an exclusive interview to Piers Morgan was bad enough but there really was no coming back from saying he had “no respect” for Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag.
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The January transfer window is set to open in a number of weeks and the rumour mill has already churned into overdrive.
So Paddy’s top traders have priced up odds for Cristiano Ronaldo’s next club before February 3, 2023 – and we’ve taken a look at the potential runners and riders below.
Chelsea have hardly set the Premier League alight this term and Ronaldo would add extra spice to Graham Potter’s attack.
The Blues were offered the chance to sign Ronaldo by his agent Jorge Mendes in the last transfer window but former boss Thomas Tuchel rejected a potential deal.
A new forward is top of the agenda at Stamford Bridge, although Chelsea are reportedly pressing ahead with plans to sign RB Leipzig ace Christopher Nkunku.
An emotional return to his first club could be just the ticket for Ronaldo.
Sporting Lisbon are off the pace in the Portuguese league and could send an SOS to their former hero to revive their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
They’re also in the Europa League so the chance to win some more European silverware might appeal.
Any Saudi Arabian Club
Saudi Arabia are bidding to host the 2030 World Cup so the addition of Ronaldo to their domestic league could boost their chances.
Let’s be honest, the 37-year-old would probably struggle to name a single team in the Saudi Pro League – the fella hadn’t even heard of Ralf Rangnick – but his salary demands probably wouldn’t be a problem.
Any MLS Club
North America has been a happy hunting ground for big names at the very end of their careers and Ronaldo has previously refused to rule out a move to the MLS.
There are 28 clubs across the two conferences so there’s plenty of options for the Portuguese superstar if he fancies crossing the pond.
The world’s richest club are enjoying a mega campaign under Eddie Howe so it’s hardly surprising that they’ve been linked with one of the greatest players of all time.
The Magpies are probably one of the few clubs in Europe’s top leagues that could afford Ronaldo’s hefty pay packet, but they already boast a wealth of attacking riches with Callum Wilson, Alexander Isak and Allan Saint-Maximin on their books.
He’s not exactly keen on pressing off the ball, either, so St James’ Park probably isn’t the place for him…
Ronaldo’s taken in the biggest clubs in England, Italy, Portugal and Spain… could he be swayed by the chance to tick off a new country?
A switch to Bayern Munich would probably see Ronaldo add another title to his CV as the Bavarians are top of the Bundesliga by four points.
Sadio Mane’s knee injury could prompt Julian Nagelsmann into the transfer market for attacking reinforcements.
Could a shock return to the Bernabeu be on the cards?
Ronaldo bagged an incredible 450 goals in 438 games for Los Blancos and won a lorryload of trophies including four Champions League titles during a nine-year spell.
Real Madrid are locked in a title battle with Barcelona and Carlo Ancelotti could welcome the extra firepower.
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