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The Cristiano Ronaldo career watch will begin … now

Dec 29, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

Cristiano Ronaldo

Reports out of Spain are rampant that Cristiano Ronaldo, certainly one of the world’s top players, has indicated that he will not sign a new deal with Real Madrid. His current contract runs through 2015.

While Ronaldo won’t be going anywhere soon, Real Madrid will certainly want to make top strategic use of the Portuguese star. Translation: they would be foolish not to maximize profit for a man who could potentially break the all-time transfer fee record.

Assuming Ronaldo is serious about not re-upping for the Spanish giants – that is, assuming this is not just another “sad” period – the most likely move would come this summer, when transfer movement spikes. (“Spikes,” that is, relative to the secondary winter window, when movement tends to be more auxiliary, generally about filling gaps and such.)

He will be 28 years old next summer. Still moody, in all likelihood, but still young enough to be at the top of his game. Perhaps at the very pinnacle, considering that he’s still “young enough to do,” but now “old enough to know,” as they say.

If Madrid waits until the summer of 2014, they could potentially lose Ronaldo with no compensation if he signs a pre-contract to move once his Madrid deal is up.

Expect to see a lot of speculation over two clubs here:

First is Manchester United, where Ronaldo launched his career of fabulous.

And then there’s Paris Saint-Germain, where the well of funds seems bottomless. The speculation is already pedal-to-the-metal that Ronaldo will wind up at Parc des Princes.

  1. capsfan19 - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    I am a huge ronaldo fan. Just to start off with that. But if he winds up at psg…. That will be such a stupid career move. Ligue 1 is a joke!! And nobody cares about it.
    If he went back to united it would be one of the most lethal strike forces in the soccer world.
    Psg? Ronaldo…. Come on.

  2. firewolf777 - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    People might think it as a joke but watch for a NY club to take a couple shots at him.

  3. mdac1012 - Dec 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    I would think Man U would be the obvious choice, would like to see if Man City would take a shot at acquiring him. As a Red Bulls fan I would love to see it, but I just don’t see MLS coming up with a record breaking transfer fee to acquire anyone. If Ronaldo ever comes to the US its going to more likely be toward the end of his career when MLS would be willing to over pay to get him as opposed to a European club.

  4. anarchopurplism - Dec 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Playing in a French or American league at this point would be a competitive joke at this juncture.

    Although playing in a place that sounds like “Princess” may be fitting for Ronaldo

  5. mdac1012 - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Yeah, Ronaldo would be plain bored playing in the US at this point in his career. It would be like Michael Jordan going over to play in the Italian League in his prime.

  6. tylerbetts - Dec 29, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    I wonder how closely linked this news is with the speculation of Bale going to Madrid.

    Hard to see him going to an EPL side other than Man U. Hard to see him in a league other than England or Spain. Maybe Italy. Or, maybe he can join Hulk in Russia?

  7. bloodydamnsox - Dec 30, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    IIt would be brilliant if Ronaldo ended up at City!

  8. firewolf777 - Dec 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    I’d love to see him at city instead of united. But if he went to someone that competes would be cool like the Spurs.

  9. thereep - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    You’re right. Ronaldo would love to play at Paris Saint-Germain and be taxed 75% of his salary. The French government is about to pull the plug on any type of meaningful French Club football. Au revoir.

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