Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Madrid and has been training at the Real Madrid sporting centre Valdebebas on a separate pitch. The Portuguese left the Spanish club in 2018 after winning the three-peat Champions League. He joined the Italian club Juventus and later signed for his former club Manchester United last season.
His return to Manchester United hasn’t been the way it was dreamed of. In his first season at the club after returning, he was the top scorer but things took a sudden turn this season under Erik Ten Hag. He had a limited role in the club and later exposed the club and management in an interview with Piers Morgan.
Manchester United and Ronaldo mutually terminated their contract before the World Cup. Ronaldo suffered a heartbreak with Portugal as well. He was benched in both the knockout games of this tournament with Fernando Santos preferring Goncalo Ramos to start. Without Ronaldo from the start, Portugal struggled against the Moroccon defence and even after bringing him on in the second half, it was not enough to save the day, as one of the greatest ever players bowed out from the World Cup without a proper fight in his last World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Real Madrid and trains at Valdebebas
Cristiano Ronaldo is now a free agent and he would now sign for a club in the January transfer window after exploring all the options in his hand. He got an offer from Al Nassr for over €200m contract but hasn’t accepted it. In the meantime, he has returned to Real Madrid to use their training facility, Valdebebas, to keep himself fit and in form.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez approved Cristiano Ronaldo’s training in Valdebebas. He was assured that he can train there whenever he wants while guaranteeing all the facilities for him.
According to some rumours, Cristiano Ronaldo is open to a Real Madrid return on a minimal salary but the club say is hesitant as they have Benzema, Vinicius Jr and also Cristiano’s age is one of the major deciding factors. However, Real Madrid only have Mariano as a backup striker and Rodrygo is more of a winger than a striker. So Real Madrid can possibly offer him a 6-month loan till they find a new striker in the summer transfer window.
This will be a win-win situation for both the club and the player. Real Madrid will get an experienced player who can still score goals and La Liga is less physical than Premier League, so Ronaldo can really prove to be a good backup option to Benzema. The Portugal captain will also get a chance for the Last Dance with the club he had the most success with!