Is Cristiano Ronaldo about to leave Manchester United?

Will he stay or will he go? Credit: PA images

Speculation is continuing to grow over Cristiano Ronaldo's future with Manchester United.

The Portuguese forward - who held talks with Erik ten Hag about his future - has reportedly told the club he wishes to leave as he wants to play Champions League football.

Rumours are swirling that Ronaldo could be about to return to his first club Sporting Lisbon before the transfer window closes.

The club where Ronaldo began his career can also offer him Champions League football and an emotional return could appeal to the forward.

There were reports in Portugal earlier this summer claiming Cristiano and his partner have enrolled his children at a school in the capital.

And Ronaldo has recently been training in Lisbon's grounds.

Ronaldo at a Sporting Lisbon match, 2019. Credit: PA images

A number of clubs including Bayern Munich, Paris St Germain and Chelsea are reported to have ruled themselves out of the Ronaldo race.

The Portuguese forward is also currently be linked with a return to Italy with either Napoli or AC Milan.

So, what are his options if he were to leave Old Trafford for the second time?

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Carrington Training Ground for talks with Ten Hag. Credit: PA images

Atletico Madrid

Atletico are a team capable of challenging for Europe’s top prize next season.

However, the move would be controversial given Ronaldo’s links with bitter rivals Real Madrid, with fan backlash already rumbling on social media.

It is also thought boss Diego Simeone would have to sell another player before buying the record-breaking goalscorer.

Inter Milan

A return to Italy could also be on the cards.

Ronaldo previously spent two seasons with Juventus and is another option for the forward.

The veteran has reportedly been offered to Inter in the recent past and a link-up with former United striker Romelu Lukaku could be an interesting prospect.

Could Ronaldo make a shock exit to Anfield? Credit: PA images


It might seem unthinkable but some bookmakers have Ronaldo down as a 33-1 shot to make a shock move to Anfield.

The Reds were once in the race for Cristiano when Gerard Houllier was in charge, but were pipped by Manchester United.

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