Clubs 'declined chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for £80,000-a-week'

Clubs ‘TURNED DOWN the chance of signing Cristiano Ronaldo for just £80,000-a-week’ in the summer – well below the £500,000-a-week he got at Manchester United – as controversial free agent seeks new club

  • Cristiano Ronaldo remains without a club after leaving Manchester United
  • The 37-year-old left United after an explosive interview with Piers Morgan
  • Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr were thought to be close to signing him last week
  • But he dismissed reports he’d agreed a £173m-a-year deal as ‘not true’ 
  • Ronaldo said he turned down a £300m offer from Saudi Arabia in the summer 
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Manchester United offered to pay part of Cristiano Ronaldo’s wages to facilitate his exit in the summer, but their plans were scuppered as several clubs reportedly turned down the chance to sign him for a cut-price deal.

The Portuguese superstar remains without a club after his second spell at Manchester United ended in acrimonious circumstances last month, following a bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.

Ronaldo was scathing in his criticism of Erik ten Hag, the Glazer family and several aspects of how the club is being run. His exit was agreed by mutual consent and Sportsmail revealed United did not pay any compensation for the remaining seven months of his £500,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford. 

Cristiano Ronaldo remains without a club after leaving Manchester United last month

According to The Athletic, Ten Hag was prepared to let the 37-year-old leave after United were humiliated 4-0 by Brentford in August and the club were open to pay part of his wages.

Ronaldo was understood to earn in the region of £500,000-a-week at United, making him the highest-paid player at Old Trafford, and the club felt his wages could prove a stumbling block to any deal.

But a number of clubs reportedly turned down the chance to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for as little as £80,000-a-week, a relatively modest salary for a player of his calibre. 

Potential suitors were reportedly concerned over Ronaldo’s suitability for their clubs, despite the Portuguese scoring 24 goals in all competitions in his first season back in the Premier League.

Erik ten Hag (left) was reportedly ready to let Ronaldo leave after United were hammered 4-0 away at Brentford back in August 

But the Portuguese reportedly found no suitors happy to sign for even £80k-a-week 

Ronaldo’s form declined drastically this year, with the 37-year-old scoring just three goals in 16 games in all competitions and starting only four Premier League games. 

In his interview with Morgan, Ronaldo revealed last summer he rejected an offer from a Saudi Arabian club thought to be worth north of £300million-a-year.

This week, he dismissed as ‘not true’ the rumours suggesting he had penned a two-and-a-half-year deal worth around £173million-a-season with Saudi club Al-Nassr.

Ronaldo was scathing in his criticism of Ten Hag during an interview with Piers Morgan

Ronaldo slammed Ten Hag, the Glazer family and several aspects how the club is being run in the interview with Morgan, which ultimately led to his departure from Old Trafford 

‘No, that’s not true – not true,’ he said after being benched for Portugal’s 6-1 thrashing of Switzerland in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.

A day earlier, sources close to Ronaldo had told Sportsmail reports of a deal being complete were ‘nonsense’.  

Ronaldo felt he had to leave United in the summer to protect his Champions League goals record, which he would not have been able to do with the Red Devils in the Europa League this season.  

Ronaldo was criticised for the way he handled being dropped for Portugal’s Round of 16 clash against Switzerland on Tuesday 

Ronaldo is currently the all-time top scorer in the competition with 140 goals, 11 ahead of Lionel Messi.

But he appeared to be financially out of reach for some the potential suitors playing in the Champions League this season, such as Napoli and Sporting Lisbon – his first professional club.

Meanwhile, the European heavyweights with pockets deep enough to afford his wages such as Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid all ruled him out of their plans.

Chelsea were interested in the summer, only for Thomas Tuchel to strongly rejected the idea. While the German was sacked in September, it appears unlikely Ronaldo will move to Stamford Bridge. 

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