As one of the highest-paid athletes in the entire world, Real Madrid megastar Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t exactly strapped for cash. But with rumours of his transfer future flooding every football league from England to Asia, Ronaldo may have just publicly crossed Manchester City from his list.
In an interview with BBC Sport, Ronaldo made it clear that his passion for the sport – not the size of his contract – will have the major say it where he decides to transfer (should he even transfer at all). Ronaldo made it clear that if he needed the money, he would rather play for a wealthy club in another continent than play for Manchester United’s rival.
“You think the money (is) going (to) change my mind now, at 30 years old?” Ronaldo said.
“I don’t think so. I think this is not going to be the problem.
“If you speak about the money I will go to Qatar. Maybe they probably have more money than Manchester City.
“But it’s not about the money, it’s about the passion.”
Paris Saint-Germain have emerged as the latest frontrunner in the Ronaldo sweepstakes, with Chelsea also in hot pursuit and United making their annual bid at a reunion.
Speculation on the cost of Ronaldo’s transfer has ranged everywhere from a major discount from his Real Madrid transfer fee, to a record-shattering transfer in the hundreds of millions.
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