Cristiano Ronaldo: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report
Here's a breakdown of his numbers and a brief scouting guide to the Portuguese star, along with a few hints as to where he might be playing next summer.
Contract Situation: Ronaldo’s current six-year contract runs out in June 2015.
Career Stops: Sporting Lisbon (2002-2003) Manchester United (2003-2009) Real Madrid (2009-current)
Current Campaign Stats
La Liga—34 games, 34 goals, 11 assists
Champions League—12 games, 12 goals, 1 assist
Copa del Rey—7 games, 7 goals, 2 assists
Ronaldo became the most expensive football transfer in history when he moved to Real Madrid for £80 million back in 2009. It’s easy to see why he commands such a huge fee. Simply put—Ronaldo has got it all.
Whether playing as a winger or an out-and-out striker, his pure athleticism, dribbling skills, tricks and sublime finishing make him one of the deadliest goalscorers in world football.
Most effective playing wide right or left, Ronaldo is also a dead-ball specialist, with heading ability that appears to defy gravity. He is strong, can use either foot and switches with ease from the right flank to the left.
Sir Alex Ferguson sums it up nicely, as he calls Ronaldo: "The complete player."
Ronaldo has two years remaining on his current contract at Real Madrid, and he has stated in the past that he will honour this deal.
However this hasn't stopped a flurry of speculation in the lead-up to the summer transfer window—especially when the 28-year-old admitted last September that he was unhappy at the Bernabeu (BBC Football).
In an article in the Manchester Evening News, he appeared seemingly resistant to inking a new deal at the La Liga side.
Recently, CR7 has been linked with a move back to the Premier League with Manchester United.
However, a buy-out fee of €1 billion may price him out of a move to his former club.
Ronaldo’s price tag is likely to keep him out of reach for most suitors and Real Madrid’s next manager, who is yet to be unveiled, could play a huge role in whether he stays or goes.
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