Cristiano Ronaldo Would Be Wise to Remain at Real Madrid This Summer

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Cristiano Ronaldo Would Be Wise to Remain at Real Madrid This Summer
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If you were Cristiano Ronaldo, would you really want to leave Real Madrid?

Few teams have more talent. Few teams will offer a larger contract. You play in Madrid, a wonderful city. Your team is rich in history and guaranteed to compete for trophies every single season. 

Why leave?

That's a question Ronaldo will have to ask himself this summer apparently, as rumors persist the star winger will depart the club this season. The latest rumors have him headed to Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain, according to ESPN:

Ronaldo, 28, has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu since saying in September last year that he was "unhappy". In February, he said that his sadness had passed, but he has yet to agree terms on a contract extension, and speculation over his future has persisted.

ESPN understands Manchester United have been working on a package to tempt the Portugal international back to Old Trafford, but PSG's vast wealth could pave the way for a move to Ligue 1. Jorge Mendes, the forward's agent, has done little to discourage that speculation.

"With strong players, it is normal that big teams are interested," he told Radio Mana Mana. "Paris Saint-Germain is a possibility."

Ronaldo has a contract with Los Blancos until the summer of 2015, so the team doesn't need to be in a rush to agree to terms on a contract extension. It sounds, however, as if Ronaldo wants a larger cut of the pie and is using this summer's transfer window—and the possibility of leaving the club—as a negotiating ploy.

But ultimately, I think that's what this is all about. I don't think Ronaldo actually wants to leave the club he once yearned to join, leaving Manchester United in the process. I don't think he wants to fuel speculation that he's ducking the shadow left by Lionel Messi, or conceding to the dominance of Barcelona.

Sure, Real Madrid could use an infusion of new talent. Something felt stale about the team this year, still clearly one of the world's best clubs but not at its finest in 2012-13. The league was lost far too soon. The team wasted brilliant opportunities in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal against Borussia Dortmund.

Something was just a little off for Los Blancos this year. 

But there will be changes. It seems like a distinct possibility that Gareth Bale will be making a move to the club over the summer if Tottenham fails to qualify for the Champions League, while manager Jose Mourinho might as well be wearing a royal blue shirt sweater everywhere he goes at this point.

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The point is, Real Madrid will be hitting the reset button next year. I can't imagine the club hitting that button without one of the world's biggest stars, and I can't imagine Ronaldo finding a better situation to play in. 

You don't just get rid of a player that scored 53 goals and added nine assists in all competitions for the club this season. And likewise, I don't see Ronaldo being quick to depart the club where he's had the most success in his career. 

If Real Madrid forks out the dough, Ronaldo won't go anywhere. He's smart enough to know he doesn't have anywhere better to go anyway.

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