Will Cristiano Ronaldo Leave Juventus This Summer?

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best footballers to ever walk the planet and with plenty of speculation about his future, we take a look at some of the clubs who will be after the Portuguese hero this summer.

Will Cristiano Ronaldo Leave Juventus This Summer?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Summer Transfer Odds*

OutcomeOddsBet With
PSG5/2Paddy Power
Manchester United3/1William Hill
Real Madrid5/1William Hill
Sporting CP6/1Paddy Power
Any Chinese Club14/1Paddy Power
Manchester City14/1Paddy Power
Any MLS Club33/1William Hill

*Odds correct as of June 5, 2021


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Three years on from his arrival in Turin, it is fair to say that Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo project has not worked out.

Ronaldo has kept up his end of the bargain. He has scored 101 goals in 133 appearances for the Old Lady in all competitions. That is not quite at his Real Madrid levels, but it is still a fantastic return. Even at the ripe old age of 36, Ronaldo is one of the most prolific football strikers in the world.

However, the Portugal international was brought in to help Juventus take the next step in Europe. On that measure, the move has been underwhelming. Ronaldo, a five-time Champions League winner with Manchester United and Real Madrid, knows what it takes to triumph in continental competition. Juventus, though, have continually fallen short in the last three years, suffering an elimination in the quarter-finals in 2018/19 and two last-16 exists in 2019/20 and 2020/21.

With just one year left on his contract, Ronaldo’s future has been cast into doubt. Juventus need to revamp their squad this summer, and there have been suggestions that they could look to cash in on the Portuguese.

So, where will Ronaldo be plying his trade come September? Let’s take a look.

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Another Superstar for PSG?

PSG who are currently 5/2 with Paddy Power are not afraid of making a splash in the transfer market, as demonstrated by their stunning £198m signing of Neymar in 2017. At times it has felt like the club’s mission has been to gather as many high-profile superstars at the Parc des Princes as possible, although their recruitment has become a little more sensible in recent years.

As an outsider looking to break into Europe’s traditional elite, PSG are keen to show that they are an attractive project to the world’s best players. So, if Kylian Mbappe departs this summer – like Ronaldo, he is out of contract in 2022 – we can expect the French giants to replace him with another big name.

Needless to say, Ronaldo would not be a like-for-like replacement for Mbappe, given the stylistic and age differences. But with PSG absolutely desperate to get over the line in Europe, they might view Ronaldo as an ideal stop-gap for a couple of years. They could even attempt to entice him to Paris if Mbappe stays put, although the combined wages of that front three would stretch even PSG’s financial model.


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Ronaldo Might Fancy Manchester Return

Ronaldo might only have two or three years left in him at the top, even if he has previously stated that he believes he can play until he is 40. A completely new challenge at PSG might not appeal to him as much as the chance to return to Manchester United (3/1), the club at which he became one of the world’s best players and where he would be guaranteed a hero’s welcome.

The United of 2021 is different to the one Ronaldo left in 2009, however. Alex Ferguson’s side were regular Premier League title winners back then, while they also reached Champions League finals in 2008, 2009 and 2011. United have not finished top of the Premier League since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, and they did not even reach the knockout stage of the Champions League last term.

Ronaldo is desperate to win Europe’s biggest prize again, and United do not look ready to do that. That makes a move unlikely, even if it would make for a fantastic story.

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Ancelotti and Cristiano back to Madrid?

Despite what the bookies say, it is easier to envision Ronaldo returning for a second spell at Real Madrid (5/1) than Manchester United. Madrid have just appointed Carlo Ancelotti, the manager under whom Ronaldo won the Champions League in 2014. Ancelotti is a master at managing big personalities, and the Portuguese enjoyed working with him the first time around.

Madrid’s choice of Ancelotti demonstrates that they have postponed the rebuilding project for another year or two. Winning now is what matters most to the 13-time European champions, and the chance to re-sign Ronaldo might prove too tempting for Florentino Perez to turn down.

Sporting CP would be the Romantic Choice

Ronaldo began his career at Sporting CP (6/1) but was whisked away by Manchester United before he had even played 50 games for the club. It would make perfect sense if the Portuguese felt he had unfinished business in Lisbon. If the national team go on to win Euro 2020, Ronaldo might conclude that this is the perfect time to return home.

At the same time, a move to Sporting would in effect signal that Ronaldo has bowed out of life at the elite level. They may have won the Primeira Liga last time out, but Sporting will not be lifting the Champions League trophy any time soon. There is also the issue of wages: Ronaldo would have to accept a significantly lower salary in Lisbon.

Ronaldo’s homecoming could happen in two or three years, but it still feels a bit early for a player who is still scoring so many goals in a top-five European league.


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CR7 in China or MLS?

The Chinese Super League (14/1) and Major League Soccer (33/1) are potential destinations too. It is surprising that the odds for these two competitions are not the other way around. MLS is a much more likely destination, partly because Ronaldo would no doubt prefer the lifestyle in Los Angeles to Beijing, but also because the Chinese Super League has made it more difficult to sign foreign players on big money.

Similarly to Sporting CP, it is hard to see Ronaldo moving to MLS just yet. He probably sees it as an option in the future, but the five-time European champion will believe he still has another Champions League victory left in him.