Ronaldo’s Sporting return
Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is once again the focus of attention with just a year remaining on his current Juventus deal.
The 36-year-old will play what could be his final international tournament this summer at the European Championships before staying just one more year in one of Europe’s top 5 leagues.
According to Portuguese media outlet Record, Ronaldo is said to want the return to Sporting Lisbon as has been previously noted.
However, Record reveals that his family support the decision and that the former Manchester United man wants to continue playing into his 40s.
💣 La prima pagina di #Record: #Ronaldo vuole chiudere con la maglia dello #SportingLisbona. Ha ancora un anno di contratto con la #Juve ma può ancora sperimentare un altro campionato e la famiglia è d’accordo con lui. Vuole giocare oltre i 40 anni pic.twitter.com/HJpovLkRMr
— Giovanni Capuano (@capuanogio) May 4, 2021
Sporting look to be on the verge of claiming the Liga NOS title for the first time since 2002. The year prior to Ronaldo’s debut for the senior team.
Santos prepared to advise Ronaldo
Portugal coach Fernando Santos was asked in a recent interview whether he would give advice to Ronaldo about his future.
The winner of Euro 2016 said that he would always help where he could having coached him since he was 18.
“I give advice to Cristiano personally. I was his head coach when he was 18, and we have a close relationship. We talk a lot, but these are private conversations between friends,” said Santos.
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – MARCH 23: #7 Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal salutes to the crowd after the International Friendly between Portugal and Egypt at the Letzigrund Stadium on March 23, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty Images)
“We don’t really have a coach-player relationship, but it is different when he is in the national team.”
“If he asks me for any advice, I will let him know what I think. When Cristiano is with the national team, he always comes with the same vision, the same passion, the same will, the same joy.
“He always gives 100 percent when he comes to the national team. I don’t think he has any problem in terms of mentality at the moment.”
Ronaldo’s future may be put on hold until at least 2022 but as football has shown, things can move very quickly and Ronaldo may be one of them.