According to Madrid based newspaper AS, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo wants out of the club and is looking to return to Manchester United.
It is understood that Ronaldo feels betrayed by the Madrid president Florentino Perez, who broke the promise they had by electing not to renew the player’s contract.
Ronaldo is currently going through a tough time at the Santiago Bernabeu. He has only managed to score four goals in 14 La Liga appearances so far this season, which is a worrying sign for a player of his caliber.
Not only his goals are lacking at the moment, but the Portuguese is constantly criticized for his actions on the pitch, which include missing clear chances, not passing the ball to teammates, not tracking back to defend, and an overall bad attitude.
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane came out to defend his misfiring team from criticisms last week, labelling the media as a “negative” influence.
“We can’t always look at or listen to what is being said,” he said. “It’s difficult, but nowadays everything that is said about Real Madrid is negative, and I don’t see it that way, we’re not that bad.
“You [the media] know very well it is not all negative here. But it is very easy to say bad things about Real Madrid, it sells more.
“The positive thing is that we are still alive in all competitions. I watch the matches back two or three times and I don’t agree with everything that’s being said. I accept what is being said, but there are lots of positive things coming out of this team at the minute.”
Zidane also backed Ronaldo to discover his goal scoring form, despite the player’s extremely poor performances lately.
“He seems fine to me and that’s the important thing,” he said. “The same thing was said about him a month ago and he responded by scoring goals. He will get back to scoring again.”
However, Perez has different ideas than his manager, and will not fulfill his promise to give Ronaldo a new contract.
It is understood that after Madrid beat Juventus to win the Champions League back in June, he told the player that an improved contract will be offered in just a matter of time.
Ronaldo’s current deal, which expires in the summer of 2021, earns him a yearly salary of €21 million — making him only the fifth highest paid player in the world.
The amount is significantly low compared to other top earners like Neymar, who earns €36m at PSG, and Lionel Messi, who earns €50m from Barcelona.
Similar reports came out in the summer about the 32-year-old’s unhappiness with the club after they failed to fully support him when he was accused of €14.8m tax fraud.
He even allegedly told his Portuguese teammates at the time that he would be leaving Madrid, only to patch things up with Perez once he returned to Spain after competing in the Confederations Cup in Russia.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner then admitted last month that he’d like to retire at the club one day.
“I hope I can play at the greatest level for a few more years,” Ronaldo told L’Equipe TV. “The battle continues with Messi, we’re doing the best we can for our teams.
“I think things are happening for a reason. I feel good, let’s see what happens in the future. I’m happy at Real and I want to stay and finish my career there if possible.”
His priority, now, is to make a return to Old Trafford, where he started building his glittering career.
The Portuguese spent six seasons at United, where he made a total of 292 appearances and scored 118 goals.
He also won three league titles, one Champions League title, and one FIFA Club World Cup among other trophies.
Madrid then paid a then-world record fee of £80m to bring his services to Spain, which has worked out incredibly well for both parties.
He has scored 422 goals in 418 games with Los Blancos, overtaking the club legend and former captain Raul Gonzalez as a leading goal scorer.
Madrid have also won three Champions League titles, two La Liga titles, and three Club World Cups with Ronaldo leading the attacking line.
But with the player and the president now at odds, this could be the ugly ending of Ronaldo’s time at Madrid.