Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid for one last massive pay, says Paulo Futre
Retired Portuguese footballer, Paulo Futre believes Real Madrid might not be able to keep hold of their star, Cristiano Ronaldo, for long at the Santiago Bernabeu. With Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain constantly claiming interest in the wide-man, he might as well look elsewhere.
Ronaldo has scored 27 goals in 27 matches this season for Madrid maintaining some prolific form. Yet 16 of those 27 goals have been scored only against three teams namely, Espanyol (five goals), Malmo (six goals in two games) and Shakhtar Donetsk (five in two). This has given rise to questions regarding Ronaldo’s overall contribution to Madrid, and it's given rise to doubt amongst media and fans on if whether Ronaldo can really still perform against the bigger teams.
The former Manchester United man's contract with Madrid ends at the end of the next season and has already been linked with a move to the Major League Soccer in the States, after continuously being tipped with a move back to Old Trafford and Paris Saint-Germain.
The footballing world is aware of Ronaldo's soft spot for Manchester United – the club that brought him to the fore and the Portuguese has publicly declared many times that he owes a lot to the club and in particular to Sir Alex Ferguson.
The two-time FIFA Ballon D'Or winner is also linked with Paris Saint-Germain as they are already on the lookout for another marquee player to replace the aging yet charismatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Also, simply put, PSG are loaded.
Having been enforced a transfer embargo by FIFA for the following two transfer windows, Real Madrid might hold on to their star given their inability to register new players.
Futre, however, believes that Ronaldo isn't even considering Madrid's future, only his. Here's what Futre had to say,
"I believe that the past few months have been a bit strange for Cristiano.
"It has been disheartening times for him. He has not been getting the affection he needs, although things are slightly better now following the arrival of Zinedine Zidane.
"The big question is whether he will stay with Madrid or leave for PSG or Manchester United and I believe he will leave. I think a lot of things will have to change in order to convince him to stay.
"It is the last opportunity for him and Jorge Mendes to negotiate a big contract somewhere in Europe.
"I think Madrid will have to either win a major title like the Champions League or La Liga, or risk losing Cristiano at the end of the season."