Every year there are rumours and reports saying Cristiano Ronaldo is going to leave Real Madrid. 2016 has proved to be no different.
Today, The Telegraph have claimed Ronaldo is expected to leave Madrid at the end of the season.
Matt Law reports that Zinedine Zidane’s arrival won’t stop Ronaldo moving on to pastures new and that the 30-year-old is on his way out of the Bernabeu.
Well, I suppose only God knows if Ronaldo really will leave Madrid but the main question for Manchester United fans would be whether a move for the ex-hero makes sense.
At 30, Ronaldo does have a good few years left in him. He’s an athlete and the sort of player you’d expect to play that little bit longer than most players, so that’s a good thing, but could United warrant spending the £50m+ he would probably cost even at that age?
United have got money coming out of our ears so in that respect we could easily afford Ronaldo but given that we lost out on Ander Herrera two years ago because we didn’t want to pay a few million pounds more on a release clause, Ed Woodward has instilled a mentality which drives a hard bargain at every corner.
In terms of that ‘galactico’ signing which Woodward has strived for over the last few seasons, there aren’t many bigger than Ronaldo and fans would love to have him back at Old Trafford but it’s the fees involved which are the hurdle – and the fact we may not want to spend that much on a player who is 30.
It’s an interesting debate but as is the case every year, we expect there to be plenty more reports linking Ronaldo with an exit. Will he leave? Well, only God knows…