‘Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid for final big deal’

The 30-year-old has repeatedly pledged his future to the club, but he has again been tipped to depart the Bernabeu this summer

Former Portugal star Paulo Futre believes Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid in the summer in search of one last big pay day.

The 30-year-old has been linked with a return to his former club Manchester United and a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Ronaldo has repeatedly stressed his desire to see out his career with Madrid, but recently admitted he could play in America before he calls time on his career.

The Portugal captain has enjoyed another prolific season, having scored 27 goals in as many games for Madrid, though 16 of those efforts have come against three teams – Espanyol, Malmo and Shakhtar.

As a result, critics have questioned whether his influence is beginning to wane and his compatriot Futre is convinced this season will be his last at Madrid.

“I believe that the past few months have been a bit strange for Cristiano,” Futre was quoted by Marca.

“It has been disheartening times for him. He has not been getting the affection he needs, although things are slightly better now following the arrival of Zinedine Zidane.

“The big question is whether he will stay with Madrid or leave for PSG or Manchester United and I believe he will leave. I think a lot of things will have to change in order to convince him to stay.

“It is the last opportunity for him and Jorge Mendes to negotiate a big contract somewhere in Europe.

“I think Madrid will have to either win a major title like the Champions League or La Liga, or risk losing Cristiano at the end of the season.”

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