After the discussions, it was felt that the primary goal of Ronaldo wishing to leave was to spend the 2022-23 season in the clock Champions League The club so that he can enhance his scoring record in the competition. He currently leads the way with 140 goals – 15 ahead of Lionel Messi, who is two years younger than him. United in European League This campaign.
Ronaldo is also three goals behind Messi in the Champions League group stage goals table, and overtaking his long-term opponent on this metric is thought to be an additional goal. Winning awards and family causes are also major motivators.
Jorge Mendes is working to create exit routes from Old Trafford, and the athlete It is understood that talks have been held with Sporting Lisbon. Ronaldo’s first professional club became the Champions League after finishing second in the Spanish Premier League.
Finding funding for such a move – including to cover his high salary – would be complicated and head coach Ruben Amorim is said to have reservations about including Ronaldo in his squad given the massive change in dynamics that the 37-year-old will bring.
However, signing Ronaldo brings clear commercial benefits as it opens up endless marketing opportunities on the world stage.
Atletico Madrid, United’s opponents in a friendly match in Oslo on Saturday, were linked in style although club president Enrique Cerezo called the move “virtually impossible”. Hardcore fans also protested the attempt to.
Ronaldo is not expected to appear in the Norwegian capital, with his appearance the day after Rayo Vallecano’s visit to Old Trafford, which was said to be more realistic.
Ronaldo has kept fit at the training base in Lisbon, Portugal, but is described as being four weeks behind his teammates in terms of physical and tactical readiness under Erik ten Hag.
On Tuesday, Tin Hag spoke with Ronaldo for the first time since he announced his intentions, and the United boss has consistently said publicly how important the Portuguese forward is to his team. But the situation threatens to overshadow Tin Hag’s preparations to start Premier Leaguewith the opening match against Brighton 10 days away.
Ronaldo missed United’s pre-season tour after taking leave for “personal reasons”. Although United were unsure of his exact movements and intentions in training, he drove through the Carrington entrance with Mendes in the passenger seat on Tuesday morning.
He underwent medical exams, including some work on the lawn, but did not participate in the session with his teammates. He watched United face Wrexham in a friendly match at Carrington on Wednesday.
United are determined to keep Ronaldo. Anthony Martial He would be the only recognized top striker if United agree to the sale.
Ten Hag said the team needed a boost in attack, but Anthony’s move is ruled out at this point due to Ajax placing a €100m asking price on its head.
United have held talks over Benjamin Cisco, the 19-year-old striker at Red Bull Salzburg who has netted. Liverpool Wednesday, but the conversion is seen as complicated because the Austrians don’t want to sell. In addition, the Red Bull model often sees players switching between their clubs, with RB Leipzig A clear path should change this situation.
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Ronaldo is finally back at United – but his future remains unclear