With his Champions League record very much on the line, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United and still has aspirations to compete at the highest level.
The Premier League season will begin in just under three weeks, but Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to go to Manchester United’s training facility.
Since he returned to United last year, there has been a lot of conjecture about Ronaldo’s future.
The 37-year-old has made it clear that he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer and is attempting to force a move after the Red Devils missed out on Champions League qualification.
Last season, Ronaldo scored 24 goals in 38 games across all competitions, including 18 in the league, placing third behind only Son Heung-min and Mohamed Salah.
He was supposed to return to preseason practice on July 4, but for “family reasons,” he hasn’t joined United on their tour of the southern hemisphere.
Since then, the Portuguese superstar has been exercising alone.
Over the weekend, he was even seen practicing alongside the Sheffield United team in his native country.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, but it appears that all of those teams have ruled out a move for the star.
While Los Blancos are looking for a younger forward to back up Karim Benzema, who is entering the twilight of his career, Thomas Tuchel admires Ronaldo but does not believe he would fit into their style of play.
Sporting Lisbon, Napoli and Atletico Madrid have all been reported as potential suitors for Ronaldo, while Atletico Madrid is also thought to have declined a bid for him.
Now, it has come to light that Ronaldo’s decision to depart was solely motivated by his desire to play in the Champions League this season rather than United’s Europa League.
According to reports, Ronaldo is ready to do anything to get a transfer since he is extremely worried that Lionel Messi will surpass him as the league’s leading scorer.
This season, his Argentine adversary, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, will participate in Europe’s premier club league, something Ronaldo will not be doing if he stays with the Red Devils.
If Ronaldo withdraws from the competition, Messi will have a chance to reduce the gap with his 141 goals in the Champions League.
Ronaldo, who began his career as a winger, did not score during his first stint at United until his 27th Champions League match.
The Portuguese legend, though, began to score goals with startling regularity after moving from the wing to a central hitting position.
He continued to put up enormous statistics even after leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid.
But given that Messi is over two years younger than Ronaldo, it’s possible that the former Barcelona star will surpass him as the competition’s all-time leading scorer in the Champions League.
In seven European games last season, Messi scored five goals, including two against Manchester City.
In what has already been a hectic business summer, the transfer window is heating up as many big talents, including Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, have their futures yet to be decided.