Although it still takes a bit of brain work to fully comprehend it, the fact is that Cristiano Ronaldo has been playing in Saudi Arabia for the past six months. After a difficult first half of the season at Manchester United where he was mostly a sub, the Portugal captain picked up his form after the 2022 World Cup break and delivered 14 goals and two assists in 16 matches for Al Nassr in his first season outside Europe. The 38-year-old has a contract until 2025, he seems to be enjoying football again, all while getting paid a lot. Despite this, the rumours about a potential return to Europe do not cease, resulting in an upsurge in Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer odds.
List of latest Cristiano Ronaldo transfer odds
Topping Cristiano Ronaldo’s next club odds is Newcastle United, which would indeed be a nearly-ideal swan song for the forward’s European career. The Toon is followed by European giants like Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and others; clubs that would certainly benefit from a player of Cristiano Ronaldo’s caliber.
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Newcastle United have qualified for Champions League football for the first time in almost 20 years, and the Magpies will need to reinforce their squad if they want to leave a good impression on their return to the tournament. In this regard, there is no better player they could sign than Mr. Champions League himself, Cristiano Ronaldo, the competition’s top scorer with 140 strikes in 183 appearances. Additionally, the Portuguese's move to St. James Park would serve as a massive PR boost to a club that wants to compete with Premier League's giants.
Finally, Newcastle tops Cristiano Ronaldo’s next club odds also because they have the same owners as the player’s current club Al Nassr. Surely reaching an agreement wouldn’t be a problem.
The Parisians are kickstarting a new project as they appointed Spanish manager Luis Enrique earlier this summer. A coach with experience at Barcelona and the Spanish National Team will have no difficulty fixing their problems in midfield, but we still don't know who'll be responsible for scoring the goals. PSG have already lost Lionel Messi (joined Inter Miami as a free agent) and seem on the verge of losing Kylian Mbappe as well. Their next biggest star, Neymar, is more of a creator than a goalscorer. In this regard, Cristiano Ronaldo would fit like a glove at Parc des Princes.
PSG tried signing Cristiano on many occasions in the past, and we may see them reignite their interest in the Portugal forward, especially if Mbappe ends up leaving.
Similar to PSG, Bayern Munich are in desperate need of a goalscorer. Robert Lewandowski’s departure to Barcelona in 2022 left them with no proper striker, and the Sadio Mane experiment was a disaster as the Senegalese scored just 12 goals last season.
Cristiano Ronaldo would be the perfect short-term solution for the Bavarians, especially if the 38-year-old lowers his salary demands. The potential transfer would be a mutually beneficial relationship: Cristiano gets to play Champions League football and the chance to conquer yet another league while the Bundesliga champions get a guaranteed 20 goals this season and the chance to sign Harry Kane for free next summer.
Inter Milan reached the Champions League final last season but were not as good in the league, finishing just 3rd in Serie A. Moreover, the Nerazzurri have lost two important goal scorers in Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko, on loan and contract expiry respectively.
Simone Inzaghi’s team needs a new player in attack, and Cristiano Ronaldo would be an amazing solution. First, the 38-year-old is already familiar with the league, having played for three seasons at Juventus. Second, Serie A is significantly slower than the Premier League or Bundesliga, allowing the Portuguese star to shine despite his age. And finally, Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 formation where one striker (Cristiano in this case) is responsible for the goals and the other for the defensive work (Lautaro Martinez) is simply ideal for all parties involved.
We called Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential move to Newcastle United a ‘nearly-ideal’ swan song only because the ideal swan song would be for the 38-year-old to join Real Madrid for one final dance. After all, Santiago Bernabeu was the stadium where Cristiano spent his best years.
Los Blancos are in need of a striker as their captain Karim Benzema moved to Saudi Arabia as a free agent at the end of the 2022/23 season. The Mbappe dream appears more difficult to achieve than initially thought, and here is where Cristiano comes in. The Portuguese could come in as a one-year solution, allowing the club to sign Mbappe for free in 2024.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s age will barely be a problem for coach Carlo Ancelotti, as we’ve already seen him make good use of veterans like Luka Modric and Karim Benzema in the previous two seasons.