Reports of Cristiano Ronaldo making a switch to the lucrative Chinese League have resurfaced again, mainly due to his recent poor run of games.
It’s been barely a month since Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes came forward to clear the air of rumors of his client making a move to Asia. Although details of the proposed transfer involved 300 million euros in transfer fees and more than 100 million euros per year for the iconic number 7’s proposed salary, the Portuguese super-agent labeled the switch as impossible.
However, latest reports suggest that a move for the 31-year-old forward may actually be on the cards as the Merengues would like to recoup part of the 94 million euros fee used to sign him from Manchester United in 2009.
Spanish news outlet Don Balon claim that Madrid’s president Florentino Perez is determined to offload the club’s all-time goalscorer before his contract expires. It seems a little bit surprising as the club’s CEO stated last year that Cristiano Ronaldo is part of the club’s long-term project. As such, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner was awarded a new and improved five-year contract worth about 365,000-a-week.
Nevertheless, Don Balon understand that Perez believes it is time to get rid of the attacker as he is almost past his prime years, while also citing his dressing room antics as a factor.
Another publication outlet Calciomercato also reported that a portion of the Bernabeu crowd would like to see the forward out of the club.
This is in retaliation to his performances in the recent games against Sevilla and Celta Vigo that resulted in back-to-back defeats for the European giants. The ex-Manchester United man’s only notable impact against Sevilla was his goal from the penalty spot after squandering a host of real goal scoring opportunities.
Why didn’t Madrid accept the Ronaldo $300 mil offer from China ?lol
— maybe darian (@Dbetan4) January 18, 2017
Why Ronaldo rejected that huge offer from China??? We could have bought Neymar Hazard Dybala etc and bench them with that money.
— Mr. World 1996 (@FCBitchlona) January 18, 2017
His lackluster display was rehashed in the mid-week Spanish Cup defeat at home to Celta. With these memories fresh in the heads of Madridistas, some believe it’s now time to cash-in on their poster-boy. The suitors? Any big-spending Chinese club. In fact, some irate fans are even wishing for a transfer in this current transfer window!
Go to China Super League!! @Cristiano
— clift raharja (@kingtimothy666) January 20, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo should go to China next year! Dude is finished.
— Seraph (@Yommie_Scream) January 18, 2017
What many of these fans seem to have forgotten in this short period is the fact that the Portuguese, despite his poor start to 2017, is actually the club’s highest goalscorer with 18 goals in 22 games in all competitions.
— Paul Almeida (@AzorcanGlobal) January 10, 2017
While rumors regarding a China transfer intensify, there’s only one man who will remain unconcerned and that man is CR7 himself. One decisive performance this weekend and doubters would soon be put to shame…