- Oddsmakers say Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to remain with Juventus this summer
- Real Madrid (+500) are favored if Ronaldo leaves Turin
- Move to MLS (+2000) unlikely this summer
Cristiano Ronaldo may no longer be in the prime of his career, but the 36-year-old is still one of the best players on the planet. Unfortunately, the Portuguese international has been unable to guide Juventus to Champions League success since his highly-anticipated arrival from Real Madrid a couple of years ago.
Some in Turin believe Ronaldo’s time with the club may soon come to an end. Ronaldo has bagged 95 goals in all competitions across three seasons with Juve, but the team’s repeated failures in Europe may lead to his exit this summer. While Juventus won Serie A in each of his first two years in town, Juve are facing an uphill climb in the league this season.
Andrea Pirlo may be sacked from his managerial post at season’s end. Juventus are clearly in the need of a reboot. While Ronaldo may not be what he once was, he is still arguably the most popular player in the world. As a result, the Italian giants could likely still sell Ronaldo for a massive profit if they were to entertain such a notion this offseason.
While some have speculated that Ronaldo could come to play in the United States before he retires, he may not be ready for MLS just yet. Ronaldo is still likely good enough to ply his craft for most major clubs in Europe despite his advanced age. While Juve are still heavy -2000 favorites to retain his services through the summer, there is also a chance that he finds his way back to Real Madrid.
William Hill has slapped odds on Ronaldo’s club after the next transfer window. Staying in Italy is still the most likely outcome, but could we see a big-money move this summer?
- Juventus (-2000)
- Real Madrid (+500)
- Bayern Munich (+800)
- PSG (+1200)
- Manchester United (+1400)
- Any MLS Club (+2000)
- Manchester City (+2200)
- Any Chinese club (+2500)
Could Real Bring Ronaldo Back?
Ronaldo left Real Madrid back in 2018 after winning just about every possible trophy during his stint in Spain. While Los Blancos are still arguably the most prestigious club in the world, trophies have been harder to come by since Ronaldo left for Italy. Real did erase a late-season deficit to win La Liga over Barcelona last year, but the team has also been bounced from Champions League in the round of 16 in each of the last two years.
Ronaldo’s direct replacement, Eden Hazard, has simply been unable to stay healthy since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid have to be growing impatient with the Belgians’ struggles to stay fit. Ronaldo has been able to stay healthy (for the most part) over the years, and Real could certainly use his prowess in front of goal once again. If Real Madrid ultimately whiff in their quest to lure Kylian Mbappe away from Paris, perhaps Los Blancos could turn their attention toward a Ronaldo reunion.
United, Bayern, PSG Unlikely Landing Spots
There is also a chance that Ronaldo could return to Manchester United (+1400), but that looks rather unlikely. The Red Devils appear to finally be headed in the right direction with Bruno Fernandes pulling the strings. United has all sorts of quality goal-scoring options up front that happen to be significantly younger than Ronaldo. Benching or selling any of them just to make room for the aging Cristiano would make little sense.
Ronaldo has never played in Germany or in France, but Bayern (+800) and PSG (+1200) don’t make much sense as suitors, either. Bayern have no reason to look beyond Robert Lewandowski up front, while PSG have more than enough offensive firepower themselves.