Cristiano Ronaldo to Leave Real Madrid? Odds on His Next Club

Martin Green

Friday, June 16, 2017 1:54 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 16, 2017 1:54 PM UTC

Imagine Tom Brady in his prime telling the New England Patriots that he wanted out. Something similar is reportedly happening in Europe with the world's best soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo, wanting to leave Real Madrid. Ladbrokes has opened a prop on his next destination.

Cristiano Ronaldo has stunned reigning Champions League winner Real Madrid by declaring that he is determined to leave Spain due to treatment from tax officials, and Ladbrokes has opened a prop on his next destination.

It is a bitter blow for Los Blancos as Ronaldo, the World Player of the Year, has just inspired them to a second consecutive Champions League title. His goals this season have also propelled Real Madrid to a first La Liga title in five years, and it has been made favorite to win both competitions next season. But that will all go out the window if he leaves, and reports in his native Portugal suggest his decision to quit Spain is “irreversible.”

It all stems from a lawsuit Spanish prosecutors have filed against Ronaldo, claiming he has defrauded the taxpayer to the tune of €15 million by failing to pay image rights income. Barcelona stars Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi, Ronaldo’s great annual rival for World Player of the Year, have been embroiled in similar issues.

Ronaldo is said to have grown so angry at his treatment that, despite Real Madrid publicly declaring it is convinced of his innocence, he is indignant and determined to leave. It is a headache for Real, which would never be able to replace him in terms of his remarkable goal scoring prowess, but a sensational opportunity for the world’s richest clubs.

One would have to shatter the world transfer record to sign him. He is 32 but in supreme physical condition, and the amount a club would make on shirt sales and sponsorship deals would easily help it recoup a large chunk of the outlay. There are only a handful of teams out there with the financial muscle and status to attract Ronaldo, and that is what Ladbrokes has zeroed in on. It has made him +150 to leave Real Madrid this summer, and there is expected to be an influx of action as the club battles to keep its star man.

If he decides to leave, Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United is seen as the most likely destination. “The news Man United fans have dreamed of could be just around the corner, with a possible homecoming for Old Trafford’s prodigal son,” said a Ladbrokes spokesman.

The other clubs in the running for Ronaldo’s signature all have deep pockets and a great deal of ambition, and he could well win the Champions League with some of them. Man Utd and Paris Saint-Germain are the only realistic destinations right now, but Man City could eventually enter the fray. Here are the odds on Ronaldo’s next destination:

Man United +137.5

PSG +200

Any Chinese Super League Club +250

Any MLS Club +700

Sporting Lisbon +1000

AC Milan +2000

Barcelona +3300

Ronaldo to join any Premier League Club this summer +225

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