Manchester City players are confident that the club are going to make a move for World Footballer of the Year and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.
Ronaldo’s performances have come under some criticism despite the fact that he has scored 31 goals in 25 league appearances so far this season and a move away from last year’s Champions League winners is being rumoured.Embed from Getty Images
“I know that the players at Manchester City were talking very, very firmly that they believed there was a successful move coming from that club over the last couple of weeks.”
But Hunter was quick to add that he was not sure a move was really in the pipeline: “Whether that makes it true or not, I wouldn’t like to say.”
Ronaldo has appeared to be frustrated in the past few weeks and this has further fuelled speculation that now could be the time Real Madrid will cash in on their main man, who has scored an incredible 294 goals in 286 appearances for Los Blancos.
No matter who is interested, Hunter believes Ronaldo will be the man who makes the decision on where he will be playing his football next season.Embed from Getty Images
“Ultimately, it will always be down to the player. When you are No 1 in the world, he will decide. I don’t think he has decided to leave yet.”
With Ronaldo’s links to Manchester United it would be surprising to see him make the move to their bitter rivals, but a move back to United looks unlikely at this point and if they fail to gain a Champions League spot then a return to Old Trafford would be almost impossible.
With Financial Fair Play a huge factor in big money moves across Europe it would seem only a small handful of clubs would be able to afford Ronaldo and they would be breaking the bank to do so.