In joining Juventus for £88.5 million, Cristiano Ronaldo became one of the biggest stories of the last summer transfer window. He previously broke the world transfer record in signing for Real Madrid from Manchester United at a fee estimated in the region of £80 million, and he could be set for a return to England after several years away from the Premier League.
Any chance of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Juventus over the coming months is extremely slim due to the hefty investment made by the Serie A champions last season, but stranger things have certainly happened, and a player to such a level of CR7 is in a more than capable position to make his own decisions, however much it could frustrate those around him.
Cristiano Ronaldo at 4/1 to sign for any English club this summer
No bookmaker is offering odds on individual clubs just yet, but there's an indication of where he could be set to move next, as BetVictor offer odds of 4/1 for the Portuguese forward to rejoin the Premier League after ten years away.
It's been a full decade since Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United for Real Madrid, and in doing so, he was able to clinch two La Liga titles, four Champions league wins and two Copa del Reys, before finding further success at Juventus in winning his first Serie A title. The next challenge will be attempting to gain Juve their first Champions League win since 1996, but with Massimiliano Allegri leaving, it seems as if they're unsure of their chances of reaching the next level.
A bout of eight successive Serie A titles proved Juventus' ability to completely dominate Italy, but also an equally as proven case surrounding their inability to challenge for the UEFA Champions League, only going as far as featuring in two finals. It looks as if Cristiano Ronaldo might already be throwing in the towel during Juve's challenge for European glory, especially if a tempting opportunity arises back in England.
Fans of Manchester United could be rubbing their hands together at the thought of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to England, but it's not to say that they would be his first choice, even taking into consideration the six years he spent at the club. They're now without Champions League football, and a player of Cristiano Ronaldo's continued quality would surely want more from his remaining playing days than merely battling it out for Europe's second biggest trophy.
Depending on how Cristiano Ronaldo sees his ability to perform into future years, either Any Chinese Club or Any MLS Club could become a plausible option at 8/1. Although he eventually changed his mind and opted to stay at Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos was recently priced at 6/4 to leave the Bernabeu for China as he approaches his final playing days, and at two years older, Cristiano Ronaldo will eventually have to face the same decision.
Cristiano Ronaldo Next Club Odds on BetVictor
- Any English Club - 4/1
- Any Chinese Club - 8/1
- Any MLS Club - 8/1
- Any French Club - 12/1
- Any German Club - 14/1
- Any Spanish Club - 14/1
- Any South American Club - 16/1