Following the emerging reports that Cristiano Ronaldo wishes to leave Real Madrid, and Spain, it’s worth considering where the 32-year-old could be heading. Whilst Chelsea may not be at the top of his list of destinations, there could be a real possibility of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner moving to the Premier league champions, if the rumours are to be believed.
Despite winning La Liga and the Champions League this season, Ronaldo is reported to be unhappy with accusations that he has defrauded Spanish authorities of millions of Euros in tax. A source close to the player is reported to have said: “He feels he’s honest, has good character and did everything okay. He’s very sad and really upset. He doesn’t want to stay in Spain. At this moment, he wants to leave.”
If a move is to be on the cards, any club may need to pay his release clause, which is a whopping £874.88m (or €1bn). So, if this fantasy deal is to come to fruition, where exactly would Ronaldo fit into the picture in West London?
Although aging, Ronaldo continues to put up the numbers that he managed in his supposed “peak years”. The Portuguese forward scored 42 goals this season for Real, with 25 in 29 in the league and 12 in 13 in the Champions League. Throughout his career, Ronaldo has achieved quite frankly ridiculous goalscoring numbers, but in his early thirties, defying all common knowledge, he continues to do so.
With one foot already out the door, Diego Costa’s future at Chelsea is seemingly non-existent. If the Brazilian-turn-Spain international were to leave, the Blues would need a replacement, and in Ronaldo, there’s no better option.
As Chelsea are taking up the added challenge of Champions League football next season, Antonio Conte will be hoping to add goals and experience to a side, which contains just two of the starters from 2012’s final win in Münich. With three medals to his name, Ronaldo is a player who certainly isn’t short in that department.
The possibility of a front-three containing Eden Hazard, Ronaldo and one of Pedro or Willian would send shivers down the spines of Premier League defenders, who you’d would be wishing that Costa were still at the club, making his goalscoring exploits look tame in comparison.
If they say that you should make your dreams come to reality, then why not imagine Cristiano Ronaldo in a Chelsea shirt, and, with the possibility existing now more than ever, it really is the perfect time to envisage him donning the blue of West London.