Is Cristiano Ronaldo on his way out from Real Madrid? For a €180 million (£156m, Rs 1, 280 crore) deal? World’s highest paid athlete does not rule out the possibility. He has refused to confirm whether he will stay with the champions of Europe.
European Press has widely reported that Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United, two French clubs Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, as potential buyers ready to put a historical bid price for the Portuguese star.
The 32-year-old, responding to question whether whether a move was possible, has reportedly said “Nothing is impossible.”
Ronaldo’s present deal, renewed in November 2016 at £ 365,000, runs till 2021. He has scored twice in Cardiff last weekend to give Madrid the Champions League title with a to a 4-1 victory over Juventus.
Ronaldo is in Lithuania on national duty of Portugal, where he plays a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday. He is an overwhelming favourite to win the Ballon d’Or after a superb campaign in which he scored 16 goals in 10 games thus playing pivotal role in Madrid bagging their first La Liga title in five years.
If Ronaldo grabs this transfer offer, like many of his feats, this too will set a world record – for the biggest ever transfer deal in global soccer. The previous highest is $ 117 million (Rs 756.4 crore) Manchester United had paid to acquire Paul Pogba from Juventus last year. Ronaldo’s club Real Madrid is better known for spending big on talent acquisition. Real had paid $ 112 million (Rs 726.2 crore) for then Tottenham star Gareth Bale in 2013.
Ronaldo’s Manchester to Real transfer deal in 2009 at $ 105m (Rs 677.2 crore) – still the third highest player transfer purse till date – was a world record then. Among best ever top five soccer transfer deals also stand Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain, acquired for $100m (Rs 648.4 cr) from Napoli last year and Barcelona taking Santos’ Neymar for $ 96.5m (Rs 621 crore) in 2013.