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Cristiano Ronaldo was waiting for an offer from Real Madrid before Al Nassr move

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Following his abrupt exit from Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Saudi Arabian giants Al Nassr, completing the transfer on Friday afternoon.

The Portuguese legend signed a deal until the summer of 2025 with the Middle Eastern outfit, which could see him pocket around €500 million over the duration of the contract.

The move came as a shock to many, considering that Ronaldo had been vocal about his desire to continue playing at the highest level in Europe and had cited his disappointment about not playing in the UEFA Champions League this season with Manchester United.

Following his exit from United and the elimination of the Portugal national team from the World Cup, Ronaldo briefly put up camp at Real Madrid, using the club’s training facilities to keep himself in shape as he mulled over his next move.

And, MARCA is now reporting that during that period, the 37-year-old footballing legend was hoping that Real Madrid would call him and present him with a contract offer to join the club.

Ronaldo is a legend at Real Madrid, having spent eight years at the club between 2009 and 2018. The Portuguese superstar is the all-time leading goalscorer for Los Blancos, having netted 451 goals in 438 appearances, while also winning two La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League trophies.

There had been reports of Ronaldo even being willing to take a major pay cut in order to secure a return to Real Madrid following his exit from Manchester United.

However, Los Blancos, who were happy to permit him to make use of the club’s training facilities, never showed any interest in re-signing the club icon.

And with no offer coming forth from the Spanish capital giants, Ronaldo eventually ended up signing for Al Nassr, in the process bringing an end to his career in top-level European football.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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