Cristiano Ronaldo has been advised to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The 37-year-old Portuguese forward made his Manchester United return a year ago before ending up as their leading marksman having bagged 24 goals across 38 appearances in all competitions.
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For all his efforts, including 18 strikes in 30 league outings, United would finish sixth meaning Erik ten Hag’s first season in charge will be without Champions League football. Consequently, there’s been murmurings of the five-time Ballon d’Or recipient cutting his second spell at Old Trafford short, and in a new Times report Ronaldo has asked to leave should the Red Devils receive a satisfactory offer in the transfer window.
Ronaldo’s decision is fuelled by a desire to play in the Champions League and that he’s got “three or four years left at the highest level and wants to spend them playing in Uefa’s premier club competition. Chelsea and Bayern Munich have already been linked with his signature and last summer it was Ronaldo being associated with Manchester City that led to United bringing him back.
Very few clubs across Europe can afford his wages, among them is PSG and that’s where footballer-turned-pundit Paul Merson believes Ronaldo should head, subsequently uniting two of football’s modern stars.
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“Cristiano Ronaldo should have gone to Paris Saint-Germain to form a dream team with Lionel Messi this summer – because Erik ten Hag’s revolution can’t start until Ronaldo has left Manchester United in my opinion,” he wrote in his Daily Star column.
“And Ronaldo isn’t winning the title at Old Trafford so why stay anyway? He doesn’t have many years left to win the big prizes. Imagine him at PSG with Messi. They’ve spent years being rivals. It would be fun to watch them end their careers as team-mates.
“And you keep hearing that Neymar could be leaving PSG so you could have a forward line of Messi, Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe! It would be Harlem Globetrotters stuff but that is what they do there – and Ronaldo would be guaranteed to win big trophies again.
“It’s probably the best place for him. And they would be on the TV every single week all over the world because everyone would want to see that. They probably still wouldn’t win the Champions League because while Messi and Ronaldo have been the best players in the world for years, they’re not any more.”