Cristiano Ronaldo’s former teammate Michel Salgado believes the Portuguese forward will not leave La Liga champions Real Madrid for a fellow European giant. Ronaldo has been linked to his former club Manchester United and French giants Paris Saint-Germain this summer after reports said that he would consider walking out on Real due to scrutiny over his personal income tax.
“I don’t see Ronaldo with another shirt, at least in top football. Maybe he will retire in Real Madrid or maybe he is then going to try another league like the US or something like that. Right now he is our soul, he is the guy that we all look to when we are playing the big games, and to be honest, I think he is going to stay,” Salgado was quoted as saying by ESPN on Monday.
Salgado, who made 254 appearances for Real in La Liga over a decade, winning four league titles and two UEFA Champions League crowns, further said that he does not see the star striker wearing other colours despite ageing.
“But I know him, he is a professional, he is going to be ready to be the important guy that he is, in the important games. He is going to learn to do that. I think that is the thing that he learnt last year, he was ready to be Cristiano Ronaldo when we needed, in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals," Salgado added.
Ronaldo ended the last season on a high, winning the La Liga as well as the Champions League titles. However, Salgado believes it may be difficult for Ronaldo to raise his level, despite being the hot favourite to win a fifth Ballon d'Or crown. But the former Spain defender added that the 32-year-old Ronaldo has become more of a big-game player in recent seasons.
Former Madrid and current United manager Jose Mourinho came out on Sunday saying that it is 'mission impossible' to re-sign Ronaldo and that he does not want United to waste their time on such players.
Updated Date: Jul 17, 2017 22:06 PM