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There will be another reason for Real Madrid fans to clench their teeth over their club’s dismal days: Real Madrid’s most prolific player, Cristian Ronaldo, will soon take the exit door of Stantiago Bernabeu and not look back.
Although the Portuguese star is at the end of his 6-years contract with Real Madrid, but there are other reasons why he would leave Madrid club. Madridistas, for too long relied on their all-time top goal scorer and Award-winning Striker: Cristiano Ronaldo became the only player in football’s history to score 50 or more goals in 5 consecutive occasions, all while playing for Real Madrid. So why then would any world’s well-known player shelve his trophies for a new adventure? We will discover why Ronaldo will soon take that path:
1. Ronaldo’s Age & Goal drought: While everyone is talking about sensational Lionel Messi, very few have noticed Ronaldo’s goal drought this season. It is not quite a goal drought- Rooney style- but never before at Real Madrid, Ronaldo’s goal tally were closely matched by his teammates. This season so far, Ronaldo has managed to score 10 goals in 14 appearances. Benzema, closely follows Ronaldo with superior efficiency of 8 goals in 9 games. In comparison, last season by this time, Ronaldo had scored 17 goals in 14 games. Evidently, Ronaldo is currently far from his prime years. After all, Cristiano Ronaldo has hit the 30-years mark and that is a make or break age for football players. At this age and at the end of this season, whatever club he chooses will be his last club before he hangs up his football shoes.
2. Poor relationship with Benitez: Ronaldo’s character clash with Benitez may not be as dramatic as his past relationship with Mourinho, but there are reports indicating that Real Madrid’s disappointing games, Benitez’s no plan B in critical games, specially at recent humiliating 4-0 loss to Barcelona is drawing thin for Ronaldo. At the end of last season, prior to club director’s decision to replace the former manager, Carlo Ancelotti with Benitez, Ronaldo had strongly backed Ancelotti to remain at the club. But that came to deaf ears by club hierarchy. Despite being amongst the senior ranks of Real squad, Ronaldo is not treated as a senior figure of the squad.
3. Gareth Bale & Benitez’s support: Although Bale could never match the hype over his value at Real Madrid, under Benitez he no longer plays wide as right wing and instead he is being capitalized as the central man; A dream come true for Gareth Bale. That means, Benitez is planning to build Real Madrid team around Gareth Bale. With Ronaldo’s big ego in check, the Portuguese star sees his seniority and critical role under threat.
4. Ronaldo’s agent’s close relationship with Paris Saint German President: Cristiano Ronaldo’s famed agent, Jorge Mendes, is known for his close ties with Paris Saint German President, Nasser El-Khelaifi. Jorge Mendes was the one who worked closely with El-Khelaifi to bring Di-Maria from Manchester United to PSG. The very club that is strongly linked to Ronaldo’s future destination. In reports by Spanish press, Mendes was seen with El-Khelaifi in a posh restaurant last month; Most probably over Ronaldo’s future.
5. Ibrahimovic leaving Paris Saint Germain: If there is one player who matches Ronaldo’s ego, is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. If PSG is really the next destination for Ronaldo, the two of them would not make the friendliest bond upfront. However, Ronaldo does not need to worry as Zlatan is likely on his way out of PSG. The 34 years old Swedish striker, in recent interview with Yahoo Sport, indicated that “I would like to play in US, absolutely.”
Ibrahimovic leaving for MLS means the vacant forward position needs an immediate replacement at the end of the season, and unsatisfied Ronaldo will be the only big calibre player capable of filling Zlatan’s shoes.
When and if Ibrahimovic leaves PSG at the end of this season, amongst all the incoming calls from famed player agents, PSG President will surely answer his friend, Mendes’s call first.