ABU DHABI, July 5 / WAM / Four years after his departure from Real Madrid, it seems that Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way to return to the Spanish Football League at the door of the traditional rival Barcelona, after club president Juan Laporta proposed yesterday the idea of contracting with the veteran player.
While some predictions in the past few years indicated that the Portuguese star Ronaldo has “wanted” and that this era that witnessed his brilliance with Manchester United and Real Madrid ended, and that the player is on his way to retire, Ronaldo proved that he is still capable of giving and that he is still a target for the biggest clubs.
The famous Spanish newspaper “AS” indicated that a meeting took place between Laporta and Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent, in the presence of the player, and that the name of the great Portuguese star was put forward strongly during the meeting, and that Laporta inquired about the possibilities of Ronaldo moving to Barcelona this summer.
It was recently confirmed that Ronaldo asked to leave Manchester United this summer and that the main reason is the player’s desire to join a team that will participate in the Champions League next season, while Manchester United finished last season in sixth place in the English Premier League to participate in the European League competition.
Although there are other reports indicating that Chelsea is on the line in the list of clubs seeking to include Ronaldo, Barcelona’s chances seem to be the best, especially since Ronaldo has achieved the greatest success for him in Spain, and the chances of his regular participation with Barcelona seem better than in Chelsea, in addition. He indicated that he will be part of a huge project to rebuild the team in Barcelona, while Chelsea faces some obstacles in the current period with the departure of a number of its stars after the sale of the club.
Ronaldo was one of the names raised at the Laporta and Mendes meeting. Other names include Bernardo Silva of Manchester City and Rafael Leao, AC Milan striker, but the high financial value of Bernardo Silva, and the presence of two seasons remaining in Liao’s contract with Milan, may make it difficult for Barcelona to include either of them at the present time.
On the other hand, it may be easier to include Ronaldo, despite Manchester United’s insistence on keeping the player.
AS indicated that Laporta had already wanted to include Ronaldo before the start of last season, but Barcelona’s financial situation at the time prevented that, so the player moved from Juventus to his old club, Manchester United, and presented with him a successful season, during which he scored 24 goals in 38 games in various tournaments.
Ronaldo did not give in to failure or despair after the end of his golden era, which lasted for 9 seasons, with Real Madrid, where the player presented a distinguished chapter in his career with Juventus through 3 seasons, during which he scored 101 goals in more than 130 matches in various tournaments before leaving for Manchester United in The start of last season.
Ronaldo dreams of participating in the Champions League the new season in order to enhance his record in the number of goals scored by any player in the tournament, and also to enhance his chances of leading his country in the 2022 World Cup.
Therefore, contracting with Ronaldo will be a great gain for Barcelona at all levels, including marketing gains because of the player’s great name and tyrannical fame.
Ronaldo played with his various previous clubs 34 games against Barcelona in various tournaments, and led his teams to win 10 of these matches against 15 defeats and 9 draws, and the player scored 20 goals against Barcelona and made 3 goals for his colleagues.
The contract with Ronaldo will also give Barcelona an advantage during the negotiations with Bayern Munich over the contract with the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, given Bayern’s insistence on obtaining 60 million euros to dispense with the player in light of Barcelona’s need for his efforts, which will certainly decrease if Ronaldo is signed.
It is worth noting that former German football star Lothar Matthaus advised his old club Bayern to include Ronaldo this summer, explaining that this deal may not serve Bayern in the future due to the age of the player, but the return that Bayern will pay will return to him quickly from the sale of shirts bearing the player’s name.
And Matthews pointed out that Ronaldo is still able to score the net exceptionally, which makes him a better option if the departure of Lewandowski is decided.
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