Why did Ronaldo go into the mix zone? It’s a place he generally avoids. He had an issue and he wanted the world to know about it. That’s a red flag.
Russia is a realistic avenue because Ronaldo’s girlfriend, supermodel Irina Shayk, is Russian. Another option is Paris Saint-Germain, home to one of the fashion capitals of the world and the club are also loaded with cash. With regards to Premier League teams, Manchester United should be the only option because of the emotional connection.
For Florentino Pérez to sell Ronaldo, the 65-year-old would also give an alibi for José Mourinho to come back to the Premier League. Fábio Coentrão, who has often been the piñata for the Madrid press, won’t stay. Pepe could also follow suit. The man connected between all these aforementioned Portuguese players is super agent Jorge Mendes.
If Pérez does make the fatal decision to sell Ronaldo, not only does the Spaniard risk prematurely ending his second term, but how can he replace Ronaldo? Here are seven players the Galacticos should pursue under the premise that Ronaldo is sold.