Cristiano Ronaldo ‘to choose between Manchester United or PSG’ if Juventus fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League… with 36-year-old determined to add sixth European crown to his collection
- Juventus are running the risk of missing out on next season’s Champions League
- Cristiano Ronaldo, at 36, is not interested in being in the Europa League instead
- Reports in Italy say he would look to Man United or PSG if they don’t make it
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly has no plans to stick around at Juventus if they fail to reach next season’s Champions League – with Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester United his likely destination.
Tuttosport report that the French champions, along with a reunion at Old Trafford, are two options for the 36-year-old if he elects to cut short his time in Italy this summer.
A score draw at Fiorentina over the weekend has left Juventus’ hopes of a top-four finish – and, crucially, a spot in next season’s Champions League – in doubt.
Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly considering exit routes if Juventus miss the Champions League
Ronaldo (left) spent six years at United where he established himself as one of the world’s best
Ronaldo is contracted to Juventus until 2022 but it is widely considered that missing out on Europe’s premier club competition would make keeping him financially unsustainable.
His contract is worth around £27million and Europa League football would not provide the necessary funds.
Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times – four with Real Madrid and once with Manchester United – and he knows he is running out of opportunities to win a sixth European crown, raising doubts over his stay at Juventus.
A score draw away to Fiorentina at the weekend has left Juventus’ top four hopes in jeopardy
Any switch to PSG raises the prospect of him partnering Neymar (left) in a formidable attack
During his time in Italy he has been eliminated by Ajax, Lyon and Porto in what has proved a bitterly disappointing spell – in Europe at least.
Juventus currently sit fourth, level on points with third-placed Napoli as well as fifth-placed AC Milan in a fiercely close top four race.
Ronaldo and Co still have to play Udinese, AC Milan, Sassuolo, Inter Milan and Bologna to round off the Serie A season.
Last month Juventus chief Fabio Paratici looked to calm talk that Ronaldo is being pushed to the exit door by insisting his future is ‘without doubt’ in Turin.
‘It makes me laugh, I never would’ve thought Ronaldo could be put up for discussion’, Paratici told Sky Italia.
Ronaldo (left) is targeting a sixth Champions League but is running out of opportunities
Ronaldo won four Champions League titles with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United
‘We’re talking about a player who is the current top scorer in Serie A and has won five Ballon d’Or awards.
‘He has already won a lot of titles with us and it’s a privilege to have him in our squad.
‘We will hold onto him and enjoy him as much as possible. We’re very happy to have him with us.’
A move to PSG would see the Portuguese star commit to playing in a fourth country, while it would also see the prospect of him joining forces with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
At Manchester United, where he spent six years after joining from Sporting Lisbon, he would have the chance to add to his 118 goals in 292 appearances from his first spell.