Cristiano Ronaldo practices at Real Madrid’s training facility while searching for a new team. After four years of leaving Real Madrid following an illustrious tenure with the Spanish giants, Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to the club’s Valdebebas training facility.
According to the Spanish newspaper Relevo, the Portuguese star worked alone at the facility, trying to stay in condition while looking for a new club after his nation was eliminated from the World Cup.
Since unilaterally ending his contract with Manchester United last month as a result of his explosive interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo has been a free agent.
Following his nation’s defeat to Morocco in the World Cup quarterfinals in Qatar, the 37-year-old reportedly asked Real Madrid president Florentino Perez if he could practice at Valdebebas for a few days.
During his nine-year stay at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo solidified his reputation as one of football’s all-time great players after moving to Spain in a then-record £80 million transfer from Manchester United.
He won two La Liga championships, four Champions League trophies, and four of his five Ballon d’Or awards while playing for Real.
After a turbulent year since leaving Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018, it would have been difficult for Ronaldo to return to the team’s training facility.
However, he had to train apart from the team Carlo Ancelotti, the club’s current manager, is in charge of.
The president of Madrid, Perez, and Ronaldo got along well. Perez said on Onda Cero in 2019 that Ronaldo had never caused an issue in Madrid. He set an example and will go down in our history as the best player we ever signed. He has always been a model employee and a true pine tree professional. I’ve never had an issue with my personal life or money, and our connection has always been flawless.
Although Ronaldo claimed that Perez’s attitude toward him had altered before he left the Bernabeu.
In an interview with France Football in 2018, he stated, “I sensed inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way as they did at the start.”
“For the first four or five years, I felt like Cristiano Ronaldo there. Less following. The president appeared to need me no longer, if you know what I mean, as he stared at me with eyes that didn’t want to express the same thing.
Ronaldo’s homecoming is hurried because most athletes have a week to unwind and heal after World Cup exits.
Ronaldo returned to the training immediately, with his hunt for a new club probably playing a significant role.
Following his interview with Morgan, in which he claimed to feel “betrayed” by the team and that he “didn’t respect” manager Erik ten Hag, his contract with United was terminated.
After being benched by manager Fernando Santos for their World Cup matches against Switzerland and Morocco, drama followed him throughout the tournament.
This led to rumors that he threatened to leave Portugal, which the country’s football association and he both rejected.
He came off the bench in both contests but had no impact as the African nation eliminated them in the quarterfinals.
The storied forward’s options seem limited as he approaches his 38th birthday in February.
Antero Henrique, president of the Qatar Stars League, is one party interested in Ronaldo’s services.
According to reports, Henrique approached Ronaldo directly to express his desire to bring him back to the Gulf country after the World Cup.
He wants Ronaldo to sign with a club in Qatar, but according to the article, Jorge Mendes, the player’s agent, is preparing an alternative offer.
Additionally, there were rumors that Ronaldo might sign with Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia on January 1.
However, Ronaldo-related sources informed Sportsmail that any claims of a deal being finalized were “nonsense.”
Without the aid of Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo might find a new team on his own.
According to reports, his nearly two-decade relationship with Mendes is beginning to sour since the player and agency disagree on where he should play next.
If the Portuguese star wants to stay in Europe, his financial demands are a hindrance.
After terminating his £500,000-per-week contract at Manchester United seven months early, Ronaldo said goodbye to £16 million.