Cristiano Ronaldo has reiterated his desire to leave Manchester United after a meeting at the club’s Carrington training base despite United insisting Ronaldo is not for sale, reports say.
According to The Athletic, Ronaldo’s primary desire is to play Champions League football next season so that he can cement his scoring record in the competition. He currently has 140 goals and is 15 ahead of Lionel Messi, although the Argentine is two years younger. Ronaldo also wants to overtake Messi on the group stage goals tally, currently three behind Argentina.
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Winning trophies and family reasons are also major motivations for Ronaldo.
According to Athletic, there have been talks with Sporting Lisbon. Ronaldo’s first professional club in the Champions League after finishing second in the Premier League. Ronaldo’s high salary will be difficult for his former club to cover and Sporting coach Ruben Amorim is said to be wary of changing team dynamics with the 37-year-old star.
The situation threatens to overshadow United and their coach Erik ten Hag’s preparations for the upcoming Premier League season. According to the report, Ronaldo is four weeks behind his teammates in terms of physical and tactical preparation under the new manager.