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Cristiano Ronaldo backed by former team-mate to join shock Champions League side

Reports claim Ronaldo is unhappy in Spanish capital and could quit next summer with Neymar being linked to replace him

FORMER Real Madrid star Pepe has urged Cristiano Ronaldo to join him at Turkish giants Besiktas.

Reports claim Ronaldo is looking to leave Los Blancos next summer after becoming unhappy in the Spanish capital.

Pepe has urged Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid and join him at Besiktas

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Pepe has urged Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid and join him at Besiktas

Paris Saint-Germain’s world-record signing Neymar has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, and it’s said that Ronaldo’s unhappy with the club’s lack of faith in his abilities.

The former Manchester United star wouldn’t be short of offers should he quit Real, with plenty of teams in need of a centre-forward with his goal-scoring record.

But Besiktas star Pepe is confident he can lure Ronaldo to Turkey for a Portuguese reunion next summer.

The pair played alongside each other for eight seasons at Real, and Besiktas are slowly putting together a star-studded team of their own which includes Gary Medel, Alvaro Negredo and Ryan Babel.


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Ronaldo is believed to be unhappy in the Spanish capital

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Ronaldo is believed to be unhappy in the Spanish capital

Besiktas have won the Turkish Super Lig for the past two seasons and are also on the verge of finishing first in their Champions League group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco.

Pepe told CNN: “If I could choose, and if it were possible, of course I would like for Cristiano to come here. He is a person for whom I have maximum respect.

“When Besiktas came to me with their offer and their project, it grabbed my attention. Many people sending me messages on social media, to my wife as well and those around me.

“I couldn’t turn my back on all this affection. I spent a lot of time in Spain and Portugal but here it’s nothing like I’ve experienced before. Turkish people live football. It’s a passion of theirs. They demonstrate it with love and affection for their team.”

Reports claim Ronaldo will be looking to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer

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Reports claim Ronaldo will be looking to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer

Pepe is hopeful Ronaldo snubs interest from Elsewhere to join him in Turkey

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Pepe is hopeful Ronaldo snubs interest from Elsewhere to join him in Turkey