The footballing world has been sent into a frenzy since Friday afternoon with reports from various sources in Europe claiming that Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, doesn’t want to play in Spain anymore. The reason, apparently, is that Ronaldo, who has recently been accused of tax evasions amounting to €14.7 million, feels he is being ‘persecuted’ by Spanish press and authorities. Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Spanish newspaper Marca, and SkySports are all claiming that the four-time Ballon d’Or winner has personally communicated his wish to leave Santiago Bernabeu to Real Madrid’s hierarchy, including club president, Florentino Perez. These reports can gather traction as Ronaldo’s decision is said to be a thoughtful one, considering the fact that he self-admitted his unhappiness at the kind of booing he and his team receive from the fans. Though the 32-year-old is, arguably, the best player in world football at the moment and can walk in to the first team of any club, there are just a handful of them which are most likely to be his destination next season. Here’s a look at them:
The Chinese Super League:
The clubs in the Chinese Super League are perhaps the only clubs in world football who can attract top players from Europe based on their sheer and brute financial power. Five of the fifteen highest paid footballers in the world ply their in the Chinese Super League, with Carlos Tevez (who plays for Chinese side Shenhua FC) occupying the top spot. Even if a player like Ronaldo were are the fag end of his career, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a Chinese club surpassing the records by a huge margin to sign the player. Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, claimed in December 2016 that a Chinese club had offered an astronomical €300 million along-with a humongous €100 million per year salary for his client. Ronaldo and Real Madrid had turned down the offer for obvious reasons. With the transfer window set to open in China on 18th June, 2017, reports have been circulating that Real Madrid’s all-time goal-scorer has been the subject of a €200 million bid from a certain Chinese club, who are ready to quintuple Ronaldo’s current £365,000 per week salary to £1825,000 per week. Though it’s practically impossible that any other club(except maybe the Chinese ones) would pay such kind of money for any player, it’s highly unlikely that Ronaldo would choose a move to China over the other available options.