Cristiano Ronaldo next club odds: where will he go after leaving Man Utd?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s second spell at Manchester United has come to an end with “immediate effect” after it was confirmed by the club that the forward had left by “mutual agreement”.

Before departing for the Fifa World Cup, where he will captain Portugal, Ronaldo gave an “explosive” interview with Piers Morgan where he revealed that he had felt “betrayed” by the way he was treated by the Premier League club. He also spoke out against current United manager Erik ten Hag and former team-mate Wayne Rooney.

In an official statement the Red Devils thanked the 37-year-old for his “immense contribution” across two spells at Old Trafford, in which he scored 145 goals in 346 appearances. Wishing him and his family well for the future, the club added that everyone at Manchester United “remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch”.

United wanted Ronaldo’s exit done “cleanly and quickly” and in as dignified a way as possible, said Sky Sports. This was not only to “minimise distraction” at Old Trafford, but also to “show respect” to Portugal during the World Cup.

Ronaldo issued his own statement in which he said that he loves Manchester United and loves the fans, “that will never ever change”. However, it feels like “the right time for me to seek a new challenge” and wished the team “every success for the remainder of the season and for the future”.

Where do the bookies think he’ll go?

Ronaldo will be at the World Cup in Qatar until at least 2 December, the date of Portugal’s final group H match against South Korea. But ahead of that fixture the talk among pundits and fans will be about where he will play his club football next.

Clubs across the world will be linked with the Champions League’s all-time goalscorer, but how many will be able to afford his wages? At United he earned a salary “reported to be between £400,000 and £500,000 a week”, said Sky News.

Ronaldo has “too big of an ego” to call time on his playing career and “still believes he is one of the best players in the world”, said Steven McQuillan on BettingOdds.com. While his stats “may not be in his favor these days”, you “don’t lose your class overnight”. Maybe this move away from United will see Ronaldo “back to his best”, or has age just caught up with him?

According to Oddschecker’s Jon Conahan, Ronaldo’s first club, Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, “lead the way” in the “next team odds”. Chelsea, any MLS club, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Napoli, Roma, AC Milan and Ajax are also on the list.

Ronaldo’s next club betting odds

Prices according to BettingOdds.com, as of 22 November.

  • Sporting Lisbon: 3/1
  • Chelsea: 4/1
  • Any MLS Club: 6/1
  • Liverpool: 8/1
  • Bayern Munich: 17/2
  • PSG: 12/1
  • Napoli: 12/1

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