Ronaldo has sent shockwaves through the sport after reports in Portugal stated he is desperate to leave Spain in the wake of tax fraud allegations and his decision is “irreversible.”
The Portuguese superstar is said to be angry over claims by authorities that he defrauded the Spanish authorities of €14.7million, which he refutes.
The news has alerted a number of top clubs across Europe and speculation has already started over which club could clinch his signature during the summer.
Former club Manchester United will be in the running as Jose Mourinho would relish the chance to work with the 32-year-old once again, while PSG and the Chinese Super League will also be among the big targets who want to sign him.
Spanish newspaper Marca have no doubts that Real Madrid will want to keep their talisman forward and are frantically trying to calm him down in a bid to make him have a change of heart.
BUT one of the leading newspapers in Spain also maintains that the Champions League winners will not hold any player against their will if he is that adamant that he wants to leave and have quoted a figure of £157.5m to get him out of his current deal.
If Ronaldo makes it clear to Zinedine Zidane and the Real Madrid hierarchy that he doesn’t want to play for them anymore, they are unlikely to stand in his way if they get the right price.
The report said: ‘As in other cases, Real Madrid will not hold anyone against their will and the price will always mark the club and never the player.’
Ronaldo is currently with the Portugal squad as they prepare for the Confederations Cup to get underway but he looks set to dominate the headlines throughout the summer.