Cristiano Ronaldo Wants to Leave Manchester United – Will He Stay or Will He Go?

By Ben Morris in Sports
| August 5, 2022 1:37 am PDT

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his desire to leave Manchester United this summer.
  • The 37-year-old believes he won’t be able to compete for the biggest trophies at the club.
  • Sporting Lisbon and Atletico Madrid are among the bookies’ favorites to sign CR7.

Last summer, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United with great fanfare. But less than 12 months after his homecoming, the Portuguese megastar is determined to leave Old Trafford.

By all accounts, Ronaldo still has a burning desire to win more silverware in the twilight of his career. The 37-year-old is desperate to play Champions League soccer, but Man Utd is set to compete in the Europa League.

All the best soccer betting sites enable us to wager on Ronaldo’s next club. So, let’s see what the bookies make of the situation before examining the ins and outs of the saga.

Odds for Cristiano Ronaldo’s Next Club

To Stay at Manchester United1.44
Sporting Lisbon4.00
Atletico Madrid8.50
Bayern Munich15.00
Real Madrid21.00
Paris Saint-Germain26.00

The bookies expect Ronaldo to remain at Old Trafford for the 2022-23 season. Although he wants to leave, he is still contracted to the club until June 2023. Plus, Erik ten Hag has made it clear that Ronaldo is part of his plans.

Sporting Lisbon is the favorite to sign Ronaldo before the transfer window closes on September 1. Ronaldo made his professional debut for Sporting all the way back in 2002 – and the Portuguese club can offer him Champions League soccer in 2022-23.

Atletico Madrid is also among the frontrunners to secure CR7’s signature. Given that he spent nine years at Real Madrid, this would be a hugely controversial move.

On the topic of controversial moves, the bookies believe that Chelsea stands a chance of acquiring Ronaldo’s services. Would the Man Utd legend really swap Old Trafford for Stamford Bridge?

Naturally, other European powerhouses such as Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain are in the mix, too. A return to Real Madrid is also an option, although it isn’t the most obvious move at this moment in time.

Why Does Ronaldo Want to Leave Man Utd?

There is no hiding the fact that Ronaldo loves winning trophies. Despite claiming five Champions League crowns and seven top-flight titles across his illustrious career, he is still hungry for more.

Ultimately, Man Utd is not in a position to challenge for the biggest trophies right now. For starters, the Red Devils will compete in the Europa League this season. On top of that, they are miles behind Manchester City and Liverpool in the 2022-23 EPL odds.

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It is not inconceivable that United could win a domestic cup competition this season. But that is not good enough for Ronaldo. Even at 37, the Portugual international believes he belongs at the very top of the sport.

Of course, many believe that Ronaldo’s actions are unacceptable. Given that his contract expires in June 2023, there is a sense that he should honor his deal. But if he wants out, should Man Utd force him to stay?

The Verdict: Where Will Ronaldo Play This Season?

As it stands, Ronaldo looks set to stay at United. Although he has expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford, he may have to buckle down and co-operate with ten Hag’s plans.

It wouldn’t be a massive shock if he returned to Sporting this summer, given his connections to the club. The fact that Sporting can offer Champions League soccer is an obvious selling point, although it could be seen as a backward step.

You can’t rule out a move to Atletico or Chelsea, either. Both clubs are set to compete in the Champions League this season, making them attractive options for Ronaldo.

At the end of the day, it is clear that Ronaldo is desperate to play Champions League soccer. The Portugal international has won more UCL titles than any other player, lifting the trophy on five occasions.

It is also worth noting that Ronaldo has claimed one UCL title more than Lionel Messi, who is widely regarded as his biggest rival. If he wants to outshine his rival in that department, he may have to leave Old Trafford.

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