It doesn’t seem feasible that we could live in a world where Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t banging in goals for Real Madrid on a weekly basis.
But, according to shock reports in Spain, that might be a possibility sooner rather than later.
News outlet Diario Gol believes that Real are now preparing for life after Ronaldo – and are looking to sell him before the start of the 2018/19 season.
The reports state that long-time Madrid president Florentino Perez will sanction the sale despite their poster boy signing a new four-year contract just six months ago.
Perez hopes to strike a deal with a Chinese Super League side to make it the “best transfer operation in the history of the club.”
Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or in 2016 but has had relatively poor start to this year in front of goal by his lofty standards, sitting 13 goals behind nemesis Lionel Messi in the La Liga scoring charts.
Despite that he still scored five goals over two legs in the Champions League against Bayern Munich and became Europe’s all-time sop goalscorer by finding the net in the win over Valencia at the weekend.
But with Ronaldo approaching the twilight years of his career – he’ll be 33 next summer – Real are readying his departure.
With the futures of Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata and Isco also up in the air, it could be an interesting 12 months at the Bernabeu when it comes to ins and outs.