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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 face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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