Cristiano Ronaldo‘s future is once again up in the air. The superstar, who made his sensational return to Manchester United last summer, is reportedly looking for a new club that can satisfy his desire to play in the Champions League. The 37-year-old said he was unhappy with his current team’s performance and that he wanted to “win titles.” But despite being one of the greatest players to ever play the game, it seems as though Ronaldo has limited options. According to widespread reports, Atlético Madrid were a potential destination for him but not everyone at the Spanish team was happy with that possibility.
Barcelona star footballer Lionel Messi has been tipped as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo (Ronaldo is a forward for Real Madrid and Messi for Barcelona), but Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn said the club had decided against pursuing the deal. “We came to the conclusion that despite all the appreciation for Cristiano, he would not have fit in our philosophy in the current situation,” Kahn told Germany’s Sport Bild magazine.
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored 24 goals in all competitions for Manchester United last season, but the team fell short of qualification for the Champions League and lacked any sense of identity. New manager Erik Ten Hag has been tasked with turning things around at the sleeping giant and has publicly said he is planning for life with Ronaldo. “I am looking forward to working with him,” said the manager. “Cristiano is not for sale. He is in our plans. We want success together.”
Many critics have questioned whether the Portuguese star can fit into different team philosophies, including Ten Hag’s demanding style of play. They also question whether he’ll be able to adapt to Louis van Gaal’s philosophy. Fans will just have to hope that the latest transfer saga won’t hurt his legacy at the club.