Cristiano Ronaldo and the Champions League cannot be separated

Manchester United’s season has been frankly disappointing, after a good start they have lost many points and have been left out of the Champions League next season. For the club, it is a season to forget in which Ralf Rangnick is gone and an exciting year is coming, with Erik Ten-Hag at the head of the project.

Cristiano Ronaldo in what could be his last game at Old Trafford

Cristiano Ronaldo in what may be his last game at Old Trafford / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

The dilemma is rather Cristiano Ronaldo, who at 37 is still at a good level but everyone knows that this does not last forever, and that is now when the Portuguese is debating between staying in Manchester or going to a club that does go to play the Champions next season.

For Manchester United, one more year out of the Champions League is not the end of the world, but for a player who still has the level to compete in everything, although it is not known how much more remains of this, a year out of the elite can take its toll . The truth is that if United had qualified for the Champions League we wouldn’t be talking about this, because Cristiano is happy there, but not everything always works out the way you want.

Ten-Hag’s project begins to take shape, also looking for a top signing that will return the team to the top, but the board will have to make a lot of effort so that the Portuguese decides to sacrifice a season to stay and resurrect the ‘ red devils’. In addition, the rest of the European clubs are not stupid and are very aware of this situation, which is why they have probably received several very attractive offers from top teams to fight for the Champions League next season.

Atlético de Madrid stopped United's progress in the last Champions LeagueAtlético de Madrid stopped United's progress in the last Champions League

Atlético de Madrid stopped United from advancing in the last Champions League / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

The Champions League and Cristiano Ronaldo are linked, one of the competitions where the striker has stood out the most during his career and in which he is the all-time top scorer. We already know that the Portuguese’s ambition has no limits, and seeing him out of the top European competition for a year would be something quite strange for him, so seeing him playing at Old Trafford next season is very difficult to imagine.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won 5 European Cups, being behind Gento, Maldini and Di StefanoCristiano Ronaldo has won 5 European Cups, being behind Gento, Maldini and Di Stefano

Cristiano Ronaldo has won 5 European Cups, being behind Gento, Maldini and Di Stefano / VI-Images/GettyImages

Although as a madridista the return of Cristiano sounds exciting, the most logical thing would be to think of Bayern Munich as the player’s first option, but a bombshell like signing for PSG cannot be ruled out, and thus could probably form the best trident in history of football, with his great rival Leo Messi as his companion.

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