Cristiano Ronaldo is upset, apparently over accusations of tax fraud in Spain and now sources close the player are saying he wants to leave Real Madrid. What Are The Odds looks at the potentially ground-breaking, world-record transfer that could happen this summer.
Multiple reports, including the BBC, went crazy reporting that Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to leave Madrid after becoming upset over legal accusations and it could open the unexpected mega transfer that is surely set to get everyone in the sporting world talking.
Manchester United are the favourites, if Ronaldo is indeed set to depart the Bernabeu, and Sky Bet currently back CR7 with odds of 9/4 (3.25) to return to Old Trafford and be reunited with former Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.
Would United be ready to part with a rumoured price tag of around £150m+ for the 32-year old, four-time Champions League winner? No doubts that Ronaldo has a number of years left at the top level, but would United or any other major club be willing to spend all the fee plus wages on top for just one player?
Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest in Ronaldo in the past and the appeal of moving to the French capital, as well as the club having the financial clout to push the move and kick on their ambitions for European domination makes sense. Currently there’s a 5/1 (6.00) on-offer at Sky Bet, this reflects the lack of emotional attachment (compared to Man Utd) and the possible lack of appeal of playing in Ligue 1.
Any Chinese Super League club is next up in the market, way out at 20/1 (21.0), this perhaps is a hint from the bookmaker that this is either a two-horse race or Ronaldo will jsut end up remaining at Madrid and settle his current issues. Although on paper a move to China would make financial sense, it’s believed Ronaldo wants major silverware and success in Europe and can still add to his already trophy-laden CV, thus a move to China right now looks unlikely.
What about the MLS? Well could any team afford the transfer fee? Doubtful, plus the chance to move to the States now is probably too early for CR7. It would be a huge shock to see him go Stateside right now, but who knows? 22/1 (23.0) odds are currently offer for such a move.
Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are all big outsiders at 33/1 (34.0) each. All would be able to afford him, but would he want to make the switch to any other Premier League club over Man Utd? Maybe the appeal of linking up with former boss Carlo Ancelotti in Munich? The far out prices on the three European giants suggests it’s nothing more than speculation bumping up the main challengers in the market.
Probability of Cristiano Ronaldo's next club
|Next Club||Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Odds||Probability|
|Any Chinese Club||20/1||4.76%|
|Any MLS Club||22/1||4.35%|