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26 August, 2021

Will Cristiano Ronaldo Listen To Wayne Rooney Or His Own Instinct?


One of Ronaldo's Instagram post.

Why can't you see Cristiano Ronaldo moving to Manchester City from Juventus?

It's because of Good legacy at Manchester United and abundance of personal finance, says CR7's 209-games and six years Man U teammate Wayne Rooney.

Rooney, now head at Derby County, was quoted by talkSPORT saying Ronaldo may not want to dash his Manchester United legacy and join rival Man City.

Rooney says, unlike few other players, Ronaldo is financially well off to not make this move and more likely to go to Paris Saint Germain.

Rooney and Ronaldo together helped Manchester United win 3 Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy between 2003-2009. 

Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for Manchester United.

The talkSPORT report says 7 players have played for both Manchester sides in the Premier League era.

Rooney referred to Peter Schmeichel and Andy Cole as prime examples but insisted Ronaldo is different from them.

"There have been a few that have done it but no one at Cristiano’s level,” talkSPORT quoted Rooney.

SPORTINGNEWS Australia says Ronaldo joining Man City means twisting the emotions of Manchester United fans who continue to cheer CR7 as their own.

These ardent fans, SPORTINGNEWS says, have watched Ronaldo come of age at Old Trafford.

However, the fact is Ronaldo is unhappy at Juventus and keen on making a switch. The Italian club too wants him off their wage bill but with a caveat.

Moreover, Man City is a club that could afford to pay Ronaldo's wages.

ESPN, quoting their sources say City gaffer Pep Guardiola and Ronaldo spoke over the phone on reaching an agreement over the Portugal star's sensational move to the Etihad Stadium.

Juventus, ESPN says, may want €28 million to allow 36-year old Ronaldo to leave the top Serie A team.

On their part, Ronaldo and his team have indicated that the player will not be available to play Juventus's game against Empoli on Saturday, August 28.

The summer transfer window closes on August 31.

Ronaldo's move to the Etihad Stadium has become increasingly strong owing to a lack of a striker at City. 

ESPN says Guardiola wants a striker to replace Sergio Aguero. The club had Harry Kane as a prospect but the England captain has decided to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.

Fox Sports, quoting Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes says Juventus are looking for a fee between €25 and €30 million to let the five-time Ballon d'Or winner go.

Ronaldo still has 12 months left on his Juventus deal that's about €31 million a season after tax.

Fox Sports cited Sky Sport Italia claiming that CR7, having scored 101 goals in 134 appearances for Juventus since 2018, has even cleaned out his locker in the dressing room.

Juventus, FoxSports says had shown their interest in acquiring Gabriel Jesus, an ask Guardiola was reluctant to agree to. 

PSG club president Nasser al-Klelaifi, Fox Sports says, has declined the club wanting Ronaldo at the Le Parc des Princes.

Fox Sports also quoted Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth saying that Juventus have made their situation very difficult with five days left for the transfer window to close.

"If they can’t get a transfer fee, they could let him go for free but without paying him that £25m salary, or they could keep him while knowing he would leave for free next summer while also paying his wages this term," the Fox Sports report said.

Meanwhile, responses from Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Ronaldo in the past few days suggest all these talks are rumour.

“Let’s clarify this issue, Ronaldo told me that he’s staying. He has always trained well and has always been available. I’ve read rumours in the papers, but he’s never wanted to leave Juventus,” Fox Sports quoted Allegri saying.

Fox Sports says Ronaldo himself dismissed reports of his move back to Real Madrid. Ronaldo calling them “disrespectful” and that stories of him leaving Juventus were written with “nobody ever being concerned about trying to find out the actual truth”.

The Guardian quoted Ronaldo's statement calling reports about his move back to Real Madrid as frivolous.

“My story at Real Madrid has been written. It’s been recorded. In words and numbers, in trophies and titles, in records and in headlines,” The Guardian quoted Ronaldo commenting on his Instagram profile.

BBC Sport says Ronaldo's agent "Mendes was summoned to Juventus' training ground earlier on Thursday for a meeting with senior club figures, including vice-president Pavel Nedved, chief executive Maurizio Arrivabene and sporting director Federico Cherubini."

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