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Ronaldo linked with childhood club Sporting Lisbon – report

29 Jul 2022 | 08:59 | Football

Ronaldo in the match against Sporting Lisbon. Photo: Collectibles

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Ronaldo in the match against Sporting Lisbon. Photo: Collectibles

Cristiano Ronaldo has reiterated his desire to leave Manchester United after a meeting at the club’s Carrington training facility even as United continue to insist that Ronaldo is not for sale, reports say.

According to The Athletic, Ronaldo’s top desire is to play in the Champions League next season so that he can strengthen his scoring record in this tournament. He currently has 140 goals and is 15 more than Lionel Messi even though the Argentinian is two years younger. Ronaldo also wants to surpass Messi in the number of goals in the group stage, currently 3 goals behind the Argentine.

Winning trophies and family reasons are also big motivations for Ronaldo.

According to The Athletic, talks have been held with Sporting Lisbon. Ronaldo’s first professional club was in the Champions League after finishing second in the Primeira Liga. Covering up Ronaldo’s high salary will be difficult for his former club and Sporting coach Ruben Amorim is said to be wary of changing the team’s dynamics with the 37-year-old star.

The situation has been and is in danger of overshadowing the preparations of Man United and coach Erik Ten Hag for the upcoming Premier League season. Reports suggest Ronaldo is four weeks behind his teammates in terms of physical and tactical readiness under the new manager

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