Cristiano Ronaldo recently had his Manchester United contract terminated but hasn’t burned all his bridges at the club.
After a rough break-up, Ronaldo now finds himself without a club and seeking a new destination in January. Club legend Gary Neville criticised the 37-year-old for his antics off the pitch and his poor performances on it.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Neville outlined what Ronaldo’s priority will be when looking for this new club.
“I think Cristiano Ronaldo is going to be looking for a top club on a four-month or five-month contract where he can go in and do a brilliant cameo role at the very elite of European football,” Neville said.
“That’s what I think his priority would be – to stay in the Champions League, to stay at the very top and prove that what happened at Manchester United wasn’t right.”
Although Ronaldo has only scored one goal so far in the Premier League, his former teammate believes that he can still contribute to the goals department in the second half of the season.
“I think he’s got four or five great months in him somewhere where he’ll go in and score 15 or 20 goals in that period. Everybody in Manchester will say ‘why didn’t we keep him?’ and people in the Premier League will as well.”
Ronaldo has had a good start to his World Cup campaign, scoring a penalty in Portugal’s opening victory over Ghana. There seem to be a host of clubs interested in welcoming the five-time Ballon d’Or winner into their squad. But we will have to wait until after the World Cup to see where he goes. This already feels like a saga that will drag on.