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Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Receives 3 Transfer Offers to Leave Real Madrid

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2018

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo walks off the pitch at the end of a training session in Madrid on December 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU        (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)
PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/Getty Images

Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly received three offers to leave the club. 

According to a story from El Chiringuito's Edu Aguirre (h/t AS), the trio of possibilities have been presented to the Portuguese and "a very important offer" is set to be lodged in the coming days for the 32-year-old. One of those clubs interested is said to be Chelsea.

Ronaldo is waiting on Madrid to open new contract talks with him. That's despite only penning fresh terms in November 2016.

"Aguirre went further to state that if the European champions do not close their talks with their No. 7 in the next four to six weeks, it would be difficult to see him remaining at the club," noted AS.

Ronaldo enjoyed a remarkable 2017, as we can see here:

B/R Football @brfootball

2017. The year Ronaldo matched Messi for five Ballons d’Or #BestOfBRFootball2017 https://t.co/j0X3j4kbJM

Indeed, while he enjoyed more success on a personal level, it was a year to remember in terms of his accomplishments with Madrid, too.

The forward was exceptional as his side clinched a UEFA Champions League and La Liga double; Ronaldo netted twice in the final of the former, as Los Blancos brushed aside Juventus 4-1. Madrid also won the Spanish Super Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

Ronaldo remains the key man in this Madrid side, as he is so often the decisive presence in crucial contests. As relayed by Sky Sports Statto, in the biggest games he tends to make a mark:

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

Cristiano Ronaldo – record in finals for Real Madrid 3 goals in 3 CL finals 4 goals in 3 FIFA Club World Cup finals 2 goals in 2 Copa del Rey finals W7 L1 https://t.co/ZytP3LWwRg

As one of the most high-profile sporting figures in the world, there will always be buzz surrounding Ronaldo and that often includes transfer speculation.

In the summer there were plenty of reports suggesting Ronaldo might be set to leave Madrid. BBC Sport's Dan Roan claimed that sources close to the Portuguese made it clear he wanted to move as he was upset at being accused of tax fraud.

The release clause in Ronaldo's current Madrid contract stands at a staggering €1 billion (£890 million).

Ronaldo remains a crucial player for Madrid.
Ronaldo remains a crucial player for Madrid.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

It's why, despite the most recent round of Ronaldo rumours, it's difficult to envisage a scenario that sees the forward leave the club any time soon.

ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan suggested a reason why speculation may begin to intensify, though:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Same day Ronaldo tells @Manu_Sainz about his incredible 2017, same reporter has story 'confirming' he's unhappy Messi and Neymar now earn about €15m a year more from their clubs. #timing #getbracedformore

Not only would any prospective buyer have to pay an extraordinary sum of money to prise him away from Los Blancos, Ronaldo is approaching the twilight of his career. Additionally, while he may not be enjoying the best start to the 2017-18 term, the sharpshooter still has a massive role to play for Madrid for a while yet.

Plus, Ronaldo is a popular figure among the Madridistas, having led them to numerous titles, established himself as a talisman and arguably cemented his legacy as the greatest player to ever don the iconic all-white jersey.

If he were to be sold, regardless of the potential amount recouped, the reaction would be fierce.

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