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Florentino Perez rules out signing Ronaldo for Real Madrid: “He’s 38 years old”



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Cristiano Ronaldo’s future has been up in the air for several months. Though the new season has begun for Manchester United, the club do not have clarity on whether the player will play for them in the upcoming season.

Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has offered the striker’s services to several top European clubs, including Bayern Munich, Juventus and Atletico Madrid. Surprisingly, one club that has barely been linked with Ronaldo is his former team Real Madrid.

Earlier today, a fan asked Florentino Perez to sign the Portuguese star for the upcoming season. The club president gave the supporter a long stare before crushing his hopes with just one line.

“Again? He’s 38 years old.”

Perez’s reaction is a short and clear response of the club’s view. Los Blancos have never advocated giving contracts to aged players, and return home for Ronaldo seems impossible at this point.

Despite being 37 years old, the striker scored 18 goals and provided three assists for the Red Devils in last season’s Premier League. He also maintained his evergreen UEFA Champions League form with six goals in just seven appearances.

The player is said to be disappointed with United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League this season. Ronaldo does not want to spend the final years of his career in the Europa League and is thus pushing for an exit.

The player played for Los Blancos between 2009 and 2018, winning four UEFA Champions League titles, two La Ligas and two Copa de Reys, amongst others. He is also the highest goalscorer in the club’s history, with 451 goals to his name.

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Real Madrid offered the chance to sign Brazilian striker, one of 4-5 names on radar



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There is no secret that Real Madrid might consider a move for a new striker in the coming summer. With Karim Benzema slowly nearing the end of his career, the club are looking for a viable alternative ahead of the new season.

Carlo Ancelotti has been left impressed by the performances of Rodrygo in the centre forward position. But the club could still use the services of a more recognised option in the number nine position.

The Spanish giants are reportedly assessing La Liga for a potential low-cost option. But they are also open to looking through in other leagues, in their bid to add more depth in the attacking department.

To that end, Fabrizio Romano claims Real Madrid are eyeing a swoop for Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool star has become the latest player to be shortlisted by Los Blancos, with his current contract at Liverpool expiring at the end of the season.

Formerly of TSG Hoffenheim, Firmino has a stellar track record of performing in Europe. He has scored 110 goals in 361 competitive matches during his time at Liverpool, winning the Premier League and the Champions League title.

A centre forward by trade, Roberto is known for his tactical flexibility and the ability to shift into wider areas to build up the player.

It makes him an appealing target for Real Madrid, who would prefer a versatile striker in their ranks that can not only provide cover for Benzema but also the likes of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

Real Madrid, though, are yet to hold any discussions with Roberto Firmino just yet. He has just been added to the list of targets and one would expect the Spanish giants to make a move once the season is over and the player becomes a free agent.

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