Which Team Will Cristiano Ronaldo Play For Next?

By Ben Morris in Soccer
| December 15, 2020 10:46 am PDT
Cristiano Ronaldo Scratching his head

When you’re as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, you’re always going to attract attention, regardless of your age.

The Portuguese megastar may turn 36 in February, yet I don’t think there is a club in world soccer that wouldn’t be interested in acquiring his services.

After starting out at Sporting, Ronaldo became a global sensation with Manchester United before going on to cement his status among the all-time greats at Real Madrid.

He joined Juventus back in 2018, with many believing that he was past his prime. But having continued to shine in Italy, it is clear that he is nowhere near finished.

The question is – where will Ronaldo go next?

In this post, I check out the odds and see what the bookies make of the situation. I then look at the frontrunners to secure Ronaldo’s signature and assess which club he could sign for next.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Next Club Betting Odds

Many of the top online sportsbooks enable us to bet on which club Ronaldo will sign for next. Let’s take a look at the latest odds.

PSG 2.40
Manchester United 4.33
Real Madrid 6.00
Bayern Munich 8.50
Inter Miami 10.00
LA Galaxy 11.00
Manchester City 15.00
Any Chinese Club 15.00
Sporting 19.00
Barcelona 23.00
AC Milan 34.00

The bookmakers believe that PSG (2.40) currently leads the race for Ronaldo’s signature. Former clubs Man Utd (4.33), Real Madrid (6.00), and Sporting (19.00) are also in the mix.

Bayern Munich (8.50) would surely be keen to bring Ronaldo to Bavaria if possible, while Inter Miami (10.00) and LA Galaxy (11.00) will both fancy their chances of luring him to MLS.

It goes without saying that Man City (15.00) and Barcelona (23.00) would be hugely controversial moves, with Ronaldo’s ties to Man Utd and Real Madrid.

Does a Move to PSG Suit Ronaldo?

One thing’s for sure – PSG could definitely afford Ronaldo.

The French giant smashed the transfer record in 2017 by signing Neymar from Barcelona for €222m, before bringing in Kylian Mbappe for €145m the following year.

There is no denying that the Parisians can compete with Europe’s wealthiest clubs in the transfer market. But would Ronaldo want to move to France?

CR7 recently became the first player in history to reach the 50-goal milestone in Serie A, La Liga, and the EPL. However, something tells me that he probably isn’t too fussed about adding Ligue 1 to that list.

He may want to prove that he can dominate another of Europe’s top leagues. But does he really have anything to prove?

The Parisians will obviously be eager to bring the Portuguese to the French capital. Still, Ronaldo to PSG doesn’t make much sense to me.

Would Ronaldo Return to Man Utd?

Ronaldo has previously expressed his desire to return to Old Trafford, and I’m sure that Man Utd would welcome him back with open arms. But the Red Devils’ appeal has diminished in recent years.

When Ronaldo was last in England, he won three EPL titles and a Champions League under legendary manager Alex Ferguson. Yet, the club is currently languishing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

At the end of the day, CR7 is a born winner. He first joined Man Utd to win trophies, he signed for Real Madrid to add to his silverware cabinet, and he has continued to enjoy success with Juventus.

With Man Utd struggling to compete for silverware nowadays, Ronaldo may not want to return to Old Trafford if he isn’t guaranteed to get his hands on more trophies.

Of course, I could be wrong. He could come back to drag his old side out of the mire. But I believe he is far more likely to join a club that is capable of competing for silverware.

Can Real Madrid Lure CR7 Back to the Bernabeu?

That leads us on nicely to Real Madrid.

Ronaldo enjoyed unrivaled success during his time in Spain. He led Los Blancos to two La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey triumphs, as well as securing a phenomenal four Champions League winners’ medals.

But unlike Man Utd, Real Madrid has continued to win trophies since Ronaldo’s departure.

Zinedine Zidane guided Los Blancos to their 34th top-flight title last season, keeping the club relevant in the process. Real’s recent success is likely to appeal to the Portuguese forward.

With 450 goals in 438 appearances, Ronaldo is already Madrid’s leading all-time scorer. Yet, he could be tempted to add to his already outrageous tally.

Ronaldo to Bayern Munich?

Naturally, whenever there is talk of a big-name player moving, Bayern Munich invariably gets mentioned as a potential destination. After all, Die Rotten is one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

The Bavarians won the Champions League last season, meaning Ronaldo would be joining a winning side. Better still, Bayern has clinched the last eight Bundesliga titles, so their pulling power is strong.

While Ligue 1 may not be the most attractive league, the Bundesliga is regarded as a far greater challenge. Ronaldo could be tempted to move to Germany and tick another country off his list.

Having said that, we all know that CR7 loves to be the main man. With goal-machine Robert Lewandowski very much the star at Bayern, Ronaldo may not want to play second fiddle.

Would CR7 Consider a Move to MLS?

Major League Soccer has become a common landing place for aging soccer stars in recent years. David Beckham kicked off the trend, before Andrea Pirlo, Wayne Rooney, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic followed.

Could Ronaldo be the next veteran to ply his trade in America?

Inter Miami and LA Galaxy are both among the bookies’ favorites to land the forward’s signature. Don’t get me wrong, Miami and Los Angeles are attractive destinations. But I don’t think Ronaldo is ready to leave Europe just yet.

More often than not, players tend to finish their careers in MLS. Right now, I can’t see Ronaldo packing his bags and calling it a day.

He still has so much to offer, even at the age of 35. He is still scoring goals for fun, so he will still believe that he can compete at the highest level for a little while longer.

Sorry, MLS, but I don’t think you’ll be seeing Ronaldo anytime soon!

Closing Thoughts

China is another country that has started to attract big-name players in recent times. Former EPL stars Oscar, Maroune Fellaini, and Paulinho have all moved to the Super League. But I can’t see Ronaldo following suit.

A fairytale return to boyhood club Sporting is also unlikely, while a move to Man City or Barcelona would arguably be among the strangest transfers in soccer history.

Ultimately, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ronaldo leaves Juventus at the end of the 2020/21 season. He has already won the Serie A title, so he is likely to seek a fresh challenge before he gets too old.

I would like to see him return to one of his former clubs – Man Utd or Real Madrid. I’m sure you’ll agree that it would be a fascinating story. However, the lure of PSG or Bayern may be too difficult to resist.

Wherever he ends up, you can bet your bottom dollar that Ronaldo will continue to score goals at a freakish rate.

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