Real Madrid Selling Ronaldo?

Alex Roos, Staffer

Real Madrid is reportedly open to the idea of selling their star player Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer. Although, the Spanish soccer team might have trouble with the sell since Ronaldo, being such a famous player, has a very high price. Even Ronaldo’s old team, Manchester United, is weary about transferring him because of his price. Another reason teams are not jumping on the transfer is because of Ronaldo’s age. This year Ronaldo will be 33 which brings a strong amount of experience to the table, but also means being close to retirement. Also, Ronaldo has voiced his own interest in leaving Real Madrid.

“Ronaldo’s message is he wants to leave, and it appears Real Madrid will be willing to let him go,” Guillem Balague from Sky Sports said. “However, Real would love to see a fight between Paris Saint-Germain and Man United, but the situation is more complicated than simply being interested in the player.

“To add to a net annual salary demand of around £44 million, Real would also demand around £89 million for Ronaldo, which is an almighty expense for a player who would arrive aged 33.”

With all the factors, it seems very unlikely for Ronaldo to transfer to a different team. Even Paris Saint Germain, who is most likely the only team in Europe to have enough money to buy Ronaldo, is staying away from the star player.

Ronaldo was promised a contract by the Real Madrid coach but nothing has yet been put onto paper, so, for now, Ronaldo is looking at life away from Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, a move outside Europe would call an end to Ronaldo’s time at the top level—something he’ll be eager to delay as long as possible, particularly after winning back-to-back Ballons d’Or (a prestigious award for the best player). Money would also be an issue, given the Chinese Super League now imposes a 100 percent levy on foreign transfers.

Given Ronaldo’s age and the cost of keeping him, it’s not surprising Real Madrid is open to moving him on as they look to rejuvenate their side, but even if they’re willing to lower their demands, the forward is unlikely to lower his. And, a sensational return to United or a move to Paris doesn’t appear to be on the horizon.