Cristiano Ronaldo: Star options run out as transfer speculation intensifies

Dissatisfied with his current position at the club, the 37-year-old is looking for new adventures that can satisfy his desire to play in the Champions League.

United say they have no plans to sell the club, but peace talks between the two camps have reportedly collapsed this week as Ronaldo’s heart is set on playing at the highest level while he still can.

But despite being one of the greatest players to ever play the game, Ronaldo’s options seem to be limited.

According to widespread rumors, Atlético Madrid was a potential destination, but not everyone at the Spanish club was happy with the possibility.

Ronaldo is the legend of Atlético’s main rival Real Madrid, and despite the fact that the club denied the information about a possible transfer, his fans expressed dissatisfaction with the prospect of signing a contract with the striker.

Fans unfurled banners at Wednesday’s pre-season game against Numancia, one of which read “CR7 Not Welcome.”

Bayern Munich were another option after they sold their star striker Robert Lewandowski, but that door now appears to be closed after Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn said the club backed out of the deal.

“We came to the conclusion that, despite all the gratitude to Cristiano, in the current situation, he would not fit into our philosophy,” Kahn told the German magazine Sport Bild.

Atlético Madrid fans display a banner banning Cristiano Ronaldo from joining the club.

Manchester United opposition

Ronaldo scored 24 goals in all competitions for United last season, which was otherwise very disappointing for the club; he was well behind Champions League qualification and had no sense of identity.

New manager Erik Ten Hag has been tasked with making a difference in the sleeping giant and has publicly stated that he plans on a life with Ronaldo.

“I look forward to the opportunity to work with him. Cristiano is not for sale. He is in our plans. We want to succeed together,” the manager said earlier this month, despite Ronaldo missing the entire pre-season tour for family reasons.

There is no doubt about Ronaldo’s ability to score goals, but it seems that his age and hefty salary requirements are factors that prevent the biggest clubs from moving to another club.

Many are also wondering if the Portuguese star is able to fit into the philosophies of different teams, including Ten Hag’s demanding playing style.

As the opening of the season draws near – United will play Brighton on 7 August – they will have to do something about the confrontation with the Red Devils.

Fans can only hope that the latest transfer saga doesn’t affect his legacy at the club.