After almost two months of speculations, the news is out on the internet. Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United to compete in the Champions League.
Manchester United performed poorly despite splashing some cash in the summer transfer window last season. They could not finish in the top four of the premier league table. As a result, the upcoming season will see them competing in the Europa League.
And that is an Achilles’ heel and deal-breaker for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese striker has been a part of the lucrative European tournament for over a decade. Ever since he left his childhood club Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo has featured in every Champions League tournament. And he is undoubtedly a legend of the game.
Ronaldo has played 187 champions league matches, unmatched by any other player. He also holds the record for most goals (141) and assists (42) in the tournament. Overall, he has been a part of 5 Champions League-winning teams.
Ronaldo demands to leave Manchester United
So, the player will want to play in the Champions League next season at all costs. The only stymie he faces on his way is his contract at Manchester United.
According to the contract, Ronaldo still might have to stay at the club for another year. Which is excruciating for the fans and maybe the player himself. This is why he has openly asked the club to accept any offer that comes his way.
Earlier, Sporting Lisbon had inquired about Ronaldo’s services. But since they are not competing in the Champions League, the inquiry was sidelined.
What’s really conflicting about this news is that there are reports from Portugal that Ronaldo wants to stay. However, Manchester United has given away that the player wants to leave.
According to Portuguese sources, Ronaldo wants to stay and compete in the toughest football leagues in the world for a few more years. He has a year on his contract and, following that, an option of adding another year. This can see him playing in the Premier League at the age of 40.
Only time will, whether Ronaldo stays at United or leaves.