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Real Madrid rejected Cristiano Ronaldo ‘several times’ before Al Nassr move

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Cristiano Ronaldo will go down in football history as one of the greatest players to ever grace the field. Through his monstrous mentality and lethal nature in front of the goal, the Portuguese international scripted records for fun, winning a whopping five Ballon d’Or awards in the process.

Of all the stints he played in his career, Ronaldo’s period at Real Madrid will go down as the best. The number seven donned the white colours in his prime footballing years, scoring 450 goals and cementing his status as a club legend.

According to reports from The Athletic, Jorge Mendes and Ronaldo pushed hard for a return to Santiago Bernabeu in recent months. The star dreamed of playing for Real Madrid again and contacted the club several times about a move.

Though Manchester United were willing to cover a large part of his salary if a move materialised, the European Champions rejected his approaches without a second thought.

The player’s entourage also contacted Bayern Munich and Chelsea in the hope of keeping him in Europe. However, no club wanted to sign him given his age and waning form, thus paving the way to his record-breaking move to Al Nassr.

Ronaldo signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Saudi Arabia-based side in a deal estimated to be worth over €200 million. The former Real Madrid star will be close to 40 years of age by the time his deal in Asia ends.

In 2022/23, the 37-year-old played just 10 games for Manchester United and scored just one goal in the process. In late November 2022, he gave an interview with Piers Morgan where he vented out his frustrations at the Red Devils and the manager, thus souring relations with the club and engineering an exit.

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Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back

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Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.

Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.

The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.

Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.

The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.

Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.

The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.

With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.

Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.

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