Cristiano Ronaldo’s five Man Utd exit options with Old Trafford future hanging in balance

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Manchester United’s slow start to the Premier League season could see them at risk of losing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer. The Portuguese is a notorious Champions League specialist, and if the Red Devils fail to secure a top-four spot this campaign, Express Sport looks at five potential destinations for the 36-year-old goal-machine:

Real Madrid

The Bernabeu played host to the best spell of Ronaldo’s career as the frontman consistently challenged Lionel Messi at the top of La Liga’s scoring charts. 

With Spain largely devoid of global superstars at present, Los Blancos would surely welcome their former attacker back with open arms if the opportunity presented itself. 

Any notion of Ronaldo preferring to leave previous chapters in the past were dispelled when he returned to United over the summer. 

Heading back to the Spanish capital would cause a similarly huge reaction, and he could build on the 311-goal La Liga total he managed during his first spell in Spain. 

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Paris Saint-Germain

Bringing together a forward-line which includes both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would be some feat for any side. 

If anyone can do it, it may well be PSG after the Parisians successfully lured in the Argentine from Barcelona during the summer. 

With Kylian Mbappe’s contract well into its final year, there could soon be a vacancy under Mauricio Pochettino with Ronaldo’s name on it. 

After all, conquering France would be another tick on the Portuguese’s CV which has seen him excel in England, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

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Barcelona

If Ronaldo was willing to speak to Manchester City about a move during the summer, then seeking a transfer to Madrid’s bitter rivals Barcelona should not be out of the question either. 

Under Xavi’s watchful eye, Barca could soon be an exciting club to play for once again after a turbulent few months. 

Finances may be an issue, given the club have amassed more than £1billion worth of debt, although fans are sure to demand ambitious signings over the coming transfer windows. 

Ronaldo would certainly fulfil that brief, and while joining his old foes would raise eyebrows, it would also give him a chance to build on his previous La Liga success. 

Sporting Lisbon

Returning to the club where he served his apprenticeship as a teenager would be a fitting final stop for Ronaldo’s career. 

In the past, the winger-turned-forward has hinted that he would like to retire at Sporting, the club he joined as a 12-year-old. 

Given that he will turn 37 before the season is over, there may not be too many more opportunities for Ronaldo to return to his homeland. 

However, with his goal-scoring exploits showing no sign of slowing down, it may be the case that the United man still has more to give in one of Europe’s top five leagues. 

Inter Miami

In a similar vein to any prospective Sporting Lisbon move, the only hitch with a move to Inter Miami may be whether he has more to give in England or Spain before moving to the MLS.

David Beckham and Ronaldo narrowly missed each other twice during their careers, both with United and Real Madrid. 

But a move to Inter Miami could finally see them come together, with the former England captain spearheading the Florida-based side’s quest for MLS glory. 

“You really want the best players and, if you have the opportunity to bring in players like Cristiano or Messi that would be great,” admits Beckham. 

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