Is it “Ciao” for Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus’ Champions League exit?

The 39-year-old could well be on his way to a sensational move to either Manchester United or PSG this summer.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 10 March 2021 5:41 pm

When Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018, the Old Lady's eyes were set on only one thing - European glory. The Bianconeri last won an European title in 1995-96 and has been chasing another title since then. Juventus were doing fairly well in Serie A, winning the domestic titles in Italy like a piece of cake. However, the only reason they were ready to spend a humungous €100 million on the signing of Portuguese superstar is because of his appetite to win big titles.

CR7 had already won three consecutive UCL titles with Real Madrid before joining Juventus on July 10, 2018. However, Juventus have not even made it to the semi-finals in 3 attempts with Ronaldo in their side. After Ajax upset the Old Lady in the quarter-finals of 2018-19 season, Lyon and Porto shocked them in Round of 16 in subsequent two seasons.

Ronaldo to move on from Juventus?

It has been a shambolic season for Andrea Pirlo's side so far in 2020-21. While they have been eliminated in Europe, they are currently 10 points behind league-leaders Inter Milan in Serie A. Although CR7 has been in scintillating form for the Old Lady (27 goals in 32 appearances this season), the team probably needs a complete overhaul. Going into the next season, they might need to build a new team around a fresh face. Juventus already have exciting talents in the form of Alvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala, Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa in their setup.

The contract of CR7 will end in 2022 after which he will be a free agent. Hence, it would just be the right time for both Juventus and Ronaldo if the Portuguese moves on for a new adventure at the end of this season.

Possible destinations for CR7

Although the 36-year-old might be beyond his prime, he is still in a very good shape and has been scoring goals for fun. He has registered 92 goals and 22 assists in 121 appearances for Juventus in the last three seasons. Considering his record and elite mentality, there would be two big clubs who would be willing to spend some millions to secure the services of the great player.

1. Manchester United

A return to Old Trafford has always been on cards for Cristiano Ronaldo. The forward had scored 118 goals and had 69 assists to his name (in all competitions) during his time at Manchester United. After Ronaldo left the Red Devils, the club has struggled to find his replacement. None of the No. 7 players seemed to have impressed and United might want to get their most successful No. 7 back to their side.

Ronaldo himself has also spoken a lot of times about ending his career at Manchester United. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side looking to win their first league title since 2012-13, the three-time Premier League champion could just fix the missing piece in their puzzle.

2. Paris-Saint Germain

Cristiano Ronaldo has been known for taking on new challenges throughout his career. After winning titles in England (Man Utd), Spain (Real Madrid) and Italy (Juventus), a move to Ligue 1 (PSG) in France could be an option worth considering.

Considering the fact that one of PSG's star duo of Neymar or Mbappe could also move away during the summer transfer window, it could open a clear path for the Portuguese skipper to move to Paris. With the French champions also eyeing a UCL title, Ronaldo could be a valuable addition to their star-studded side.

There were also reports that the 39-year-old could also be on his way back to Real Madrid, who have struggled in his absence. On the other hand, a move to MLS or China is also an option although it is highly unlikely that Ronaldo will opt for that right now. With the football leagues entering the business end of the season, a lot of things will fall in place in the coming days. However, there are no doubts that despite his age, Cristiano Ronaldo is going to be the talk of the summer transfer window once again.

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