Real Madrid’s current standing on the Liga table and Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent dip in form have fueled rumors that the World Best Player could be on his way out of Spain.
Ronaldo has been strongly linked with his former club Manchester United, and football analysts believe the Portugal international football will most likely return to Old Trafford.
Image: Cristiano Ronaldo
According to an online poll conducted by AS, a football news outlet in Spain, more than two-third of Madrid fans said they want Ronaldo to leave the club.
Out of a total 125,000 Madristas who participated in the survey, 67.5 percent voted against Ronaldo’s stay at club. They simply want him butted for a lot of reasons which may not be far from “lack of motivation.” The Portuguese player has achieved so much with his club and probably needs to challenge himself elsewhere.
Ronaldo’s problem is with the club management. He is frustrated that no progress has been made towards offering him a new and better contract.
Interestingly, CR7 seems right for the fact that he was promised an improved contract after leading the team to La Liga and Champions League double last season. The current situation makes him feel disrespected and undervalued.
In November 2016, the 32-year-old signed a 5-year contract which expires in 2021 but his recent goal drought stems from the contract issues. Madrid are behind league leaders Barcelona with a 19-point gap.
Ronaldo was named Real Madrid’s Player of the Month (December) notwithstanding the uncertainty over his future in Spain. Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane is also rumored to be having issues with Madrid management board but has squashed rumors that he’s about quitting the coaching job.
“Cristiano Ronaldo received the Mahou Five Star Player award at Real Madrid City,” a Madrid statement said after the player scored in three different competitions last month to help Madrid win the Club World Cup. He also scored a spectacular winner against Gremio in the finals.
“The Portuguese forward was recognized for his performances in the last month of 2017, in which he participated in six matches and scored five goals, winning the Club World Cup. Fans choose the winner of this award through social networks,” Real Madrid added in its official statement.
Ronaldo was part of the club’s outstanding performances and victories in both La Liga and Champions League the previous year.
Speaking on Radio Marca, former Madrid center-forward Carlos Alonso Gonzalez, revealed that Ronaldo’s problem is from the heavy burden he shoulders for the club, adding that it is a big responsibility for one man. CR7 recorded 11 shots without scoring one against Villarreal.
Image: Cristiano Ronaldo
“He thinks he has to fix everything himself,” Gonzalez said. “Sometimes you have to relax mentally and think that your teammates can also help.
“I believe it is not a problem of finishing, but in the head.
“A team used to winning trophies recently are going through a psychologically difficult moment,” adds the player who is also known as Santillana.
Reports from Italy said Tianjin Quanjian, the Chinese Super League side which currently features Alexandre Pato and Axel Witsel, among other big names, have shown keen interest in paying for Ronaldo’s services.
A source close to the Portugal captain told ESPN.com that the famous No. 7 is fed up with the huge criticisms going his way for the club’s dip in form, and Thomas Rogen of CBS Sports added that CR7 might be heading back to Old Trafford soon.
According to Sky Sports Italia, the Chinese club said they are willing to pay if the need arises, but Ronaldo doesn’t want a change of club – he wants an equal pay with Lionel Messi, who is considered the highest-paid footballer. However, Madrid management aren’t ready for that right now.
With rumors of a possible swap that will see Neymar play for Los Blancos, media reports say Ronaldo would definitely opt for Manchester United if he ever wishes to leave Spain.
The Portuguese star has scored 16 goals for the team across all competitions this season, and is Madrid’s highest goal scorer so far.
Zidane vehemently argued against the possibility that Ronaldo, a 5-time Ballond’Or winner, would throw in the towel after all successes they’ve recorded together at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“I don’t think about negative things like that. I think about positive things. Even if you think there’s not a lot of positives, we find positive things,” Zidane said.
“I’m never going to throw in the towel,” he added against rumors that his coaching job is up for grabs. “Everything can happen here but I’m going to keep going, fighting – as I’ve always been shown to do.
“I’m never going to give up. Those are the values of this club and the people who work here at this club.”