The 36-year-old suffered a disappointing early exit from Euro 2020 with Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo will meet his agent Jorge Mendes soon to debate whether his future lies at Juventus or elsewhere, say reports.
The Portuguese forward’s future has been the topic of speculation for months now, as he approaches the ultimate year of his accept Turin.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Ronaldo and Mendes will consider the longer term, and both club and player are prepared for the prospect of him leaving Turin this summer.
The problem the 36-year-old faces is that only a few clubs within the world could afford his wage demands, and people who might make a move, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and PSG, are yet to form a suggestion.
Speculation over Ronaldo’s future quietened down over the last few weeks while the Euros were on, but we will expect it to sit back into life now that Portugal is eliminated.
Ronaldo and co. fell to a 1-0 last 16 defeat to Belgium to finish a disappointing campaign, after finishing third in their group and winning only one game, against Hungary.
The Juve striker can hardly be blamed for the failure – he’s currently leading the Euro 2020 scoring charts with five goals.
But it had been a sour note to finish what was a difficult year at club level before the international disappointment.
Juventus slumped from an edge of domestic dominance, winning nine consecutive titles, to scraping a fourth-place finish on the ultimate day of the Serie A season in 2020/21.
Again, Ronaldo did his part, finishing because the league’s top scorer with 29 goals, but he often cut a frustrated figure and it wouldn’t be too surprising to ascertain him depart Turin if another opportunity came his way.
Will it, though? Even Mendes, with all his contacts and influence, might struggle to seek out a club willing to match the €31 per annum net salary Ronaldo is earning at Juve after a year during which finances are hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.