Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at Manchester United is becoming very sour. The forward left Old Trafford before the end of their midweek game against Tottenham Hotspur and has since been dropped from their squad as they face Chelsea this weekend. It looks like there is no way back for Ronaldo at United but could a move to Inter Miami be on the cards?
The Daily Mail report that Miami 'may well' make an approach for the veteran forward, with Ronaldo's relationship with United getting more and more broken by the week.
Gonzalo Higuain's retirement means that the Herons are in need of a new designated player, leaving them able to offer Ronaldo a huge contract outside of the MLS salary cap – and Toronto's $14m a year (roughly $265,000 a week) contract for Lorenzo Insigne shows just how much teams are willing to offer European stars.
Ronaldo would be the biggest signing in United States soccer history, up there with when Pele joined the NASL side New York Cosmos and when David Beckham signed for the LA Galaxy.
The stars in MLS keep on coming and with Gonzalo Higuain retiring, Beckham’s side needs a new superstar to lead their line.
Ronaldo was thought to want to move to a Champions League club as he looks to cement his record as the top goalscorer in the competition. He currently has 140 goals whilst Lionel Messi is on 127. Messi has been mentioned as a target for the Herons in the past and it would be amazing if one day we could see them both line up together in MLS.
Last summer Ronaldo was linked with a move to many clubs in European football’s premier competition but nothing came to fruition. Ronaldo has set many goalscoring records and recently scored his 700th club goal in a victory over Everton. It looked then that he was coming around at the Red Devils, but things can change very quickly in football.
It looks like Ronaldo is running out of options and it would be very hard to see him welcomed back into Eric ten Hag’s side. Miami lost in the playoffs to New York City FC this week and, with Ronaldo leading the line for Phil Neville’s side next season, we could see them get to the latter stages of the competition.
Neville is a former teammate of Ronaldo, and he and Beckham must do all they can to persuade him to make the move to their club. Beckham’s career has many similarities to Ronaldo’s, as both became legends at United before moving to Real Madrid. We may be about to see Ronaldo, like Beckham, spend the latter stages of his career in MLS.