Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the Bernabeu, according to a report out of Spain.
Just as Lionel Messi exits La Liga, another legend may return.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti “is obsessed” with bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back, according to Edu Aguirre on El Chiringuito de Jugones.
Ancelotti is in contact with Ronaldo’s agents in a bid for a reunion.
There are a few angles to look at this from. First, Aguirre has connections to the parties involved, so it’s not a report to immediately write off.
However, believing Ronaldo will leave Juventus for Real Madrid this year does feel like a stretch.
Carlo Ancelotti wants Cristiano Ronaldo back at Real Madrid
Ronaldo scored 36 goals for Juventus last season, so he still has plenty to give on the pitch. The Italian club wouldn’t want to give him up for nothing. They’ve already suggested they’re more interested in working out an extension than selling him.
Ronaldo is 36 years old and eventually, his age will catch up to him. If Real Madrid brings him back this year, they’d have to invest a chunk of money into a transfer fee and his wages. It would be a more believable possibility if the club’s finances were in a better spot.
As for Ancelotti wanting Ronaldo back, that’s entirely believable. Ancelotti and Ronaldo won the Champions League for Real Madrid in 2014 as manager and player. Of course he wants to reunite. Ronaldo is a legendary figure at the club. He wouldn’t just strengthen the attack; he’d strengthen Ancelotti’s position.
Ronaldo’s contract will run out next year, so he could certainly return to the club where he dominated for years next summer.
The fact that a return is being discussed by people with close personal connections to the player does make you wonder.