Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly had offers to join Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan during the summer, but he opted to leave Real Madrid for the Bianconeri instead.
According to El Mundo (h/t Marca), the three clubs approached Real Madrid with various offers, but Ronaldo preferred a move to Turin because he liked the club and remembered they tried to sign him during his
Per the report, Ronaldo communicated his desire to leave Real after it became clear they would not make him the highest-paid player in the world. Los Blancos agreed to the split providing interested clubs would pay at least €100 million.
United were the first to make a formal offer but didn't meet Real's valuation, and Milan wanted to go as high as €150 million but couldn't convince Ronaldo. Their lack of competitiveness the last few years was the deciding factor.
PSG also supposedly approached agent Jorge Mendes but wouldn't make their move until the final day of the transfer period to stop Real from making a play for Neymar or Kylian Mbappe. Ronaldo considered such an approach too much of a risk.
United manager Jose Mourinho has refuted reports his clubs tried to bring the Portugal international back, per Simon Peach of the Press Association (h/t MailOnline).
PSG also seemed an odd fit given their issues with financial fair play. As reported by Sky Sports News, UEFA have recently reopened their investigation into the French champions, and the uncertainty kept them from making too many big-money moves in the summer.
Ronaldo has enjoyed a fine start to life with Juventus. In seven Serie A matches, the 33-year-old has three goals and five assists, and the Bianconeri are perfect with seven wins.
Perhaps his best performance came in the 3-1 win over Napoli that gave the defending champions a six-point lead at the top of the standings. Even opposing manager Carlo Ancelotti was full of praise:
Ronaldo was controversially sent off in the UEFA Champions League win over Valencia and received a one-match suspension as a result. He also faces allegations that he committed a rape in 2009, per Maya Oppenheim of the Independent.