Could Cristiano Ronaldo finish his career in the MLS? A move to the North American soccer league has been rumoured for weeks, and with his departure from Manchester United official, this move has become a very real possibility.  

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently enjoying Portugal’s Group H success, as his team has already qualified for the round of 16 with a game to spare. However, the focal point of CR7 news still surrounds the former Manchester United frontrunner as he recently parted ways with the Premier League side following an explosive and exposing national interview with Piers Morgan. 

Ronaldo is a free agent. Manchester United bosses and the global superstar mutually terminated his contract after the controversial comments made during the widely viewed interview with Piers Morgan. Since then, links to the MLS have floated, and the Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has confirmed he’s keeping up with the rumours.  

“I’ve heard all the rumours circulating these days, although none specifically about Ronaldo. I’m sure rumours about him will come up sooner or later too, but I can’t comment on whether one team is actually interested in him.” 

Fellow multiple-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has also been tipped with a move to the MLS. Qatar will be Messi and Ronaldo’s final bow at the World Cup as they reach the golden hue of their professional careers. 

David Beckham wants Messi and Ronaldo 

Messi, 35, is out of contract with Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. Rumours float that David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF could make the Argentinian the highest earner in the league’s history. And despite Don Garber’s denial of hearing Ronaldo rumours, Beckham has additionally revealed his interest in signing the Portuguese star. 

After years of rivalry regarding the best player in the world, could Messi and Ronaldo retire on the same team in Miami? More importantly, Can Inter Miami afford this? 

It’s far from official, but since Ronaldo made it known he wanted to leave Manchester in the summer, and none of the top European clubs came running for his services, the likelihood of any clubs gaining interest following the controversy he sparked is small. 

There is a lot of work to be done before the two greatest players of the modern era move to North America. However, with a new TV rights deal on the table, the MLS is moving in the right direction, and funding is available. 

The MLS recently agreed to a $200 million deal with Apple TV, as the company purchased the rights to broadcast their matches. 

Clubs will receive significant profits from those earnings. 

And it’s David Beckham’s Inter Miami squad that isn’t afraid to spend money and wants to attract big-name players to the league. 

Beckham has communicated with Ronaldo’s representatives and has been told the Portuguese international is intrigued by a move Stateside. 

That said, California-based teams LAFC and LA Galaxy are two of the dominant teams in the MLS, and Ronaldo’s options would be open to any MLS club. If Messi moved to Miami, we’re not sure the club could expend its weekly wage budget to afford two of the world’s most expensive players. On the topic of money, California sports betting would significantly receive a boost from a household name such as Ronaldo as the state continues its battle with legalisation.

If we’re going to bet on Ronaldo or Messi joining the MLS, we should consider that both men have enjoyed playing in Europe. Ronaldo has stated he intends to continue playing until he’s 40 and keep competing at the highest level; this would exclude the MLS from his plans if true.

“I want to play two years more, three years more. So, two or three years maximum. I want to finish [at] 40. I think 40 will be a good age,” Ronaldo commented.  

“But I don’t know; I don’t know the future. Sometimes you plan one thing for your life, and as I’ve said many times, life is dynamic. You never know what’s going to happen.”

 

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If he goes to MLS, he won't be starting for the Selecao anymore.

Samuel
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I'd like to think not but you never know.

Portuguese papers are suggesting Saudi Arabia.

Santos
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There can be no doubt that Ronaldo's first choice would be to keep the dream of a CL title with a 3rd team alive, but its hard to imagine that happening now. The last flicker of hope for this lies in him absolutely catching fire at this world...

There can be no doubt that Ronaldo's first choice would be to keep the dream of a CL title with a 3rd team alive, but its hard to imagine that happening now. The last flicker of hope for this lies in him absolutely catching fire at this world cup. He's been very good so far, but not "CR7 great". Anything less than "greatness" will not be enough to change all the minds that appear to have already been made up in the top teams/leagues. After all these months, it appears the only suitor remains this team in Saudi Arabia.

Its disappointing that a return to Portugal does not appear to be an option. So ultimately, a move to MLS appears to make the most sense to complete the transition from CR7 "Football Legend" to CR7 "GLOBAL brand / football icon". Messi and CR7 moving to MLS would be a match made in heaven and MLS' leadership should find a way to make it work.

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Nelson
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You feel that if he hadn't created the stink he did at United regarding not being first choice some more teams might be interested based on him being an impact player. I don't think will settle for that though, which is fair enough but that does...

You feel that if he hadn't created the stink he did at United regarding not being first choice some more teams might be interested based on him being an impact player. I don't think will settle for that though, which is fair enough but that does just leave MLS or some Arabian club with oil money. At least the MLS is somewhat interesting, especially with a potential Ronaldo x Messi subplot.

I think the only possible move to Portugal is with Sporting, but it's never seemed to me like that would be an option that interests him. Perhaps if they had made it through the CL groups.

I just hope the Selecao moves on post WC. Don't think he can continue being first choice if he's not playing for a top club in Europe. If he continues in the frame it's got to be as an impact sub.

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Santos
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Regarding the stink that was created, it certainly cannot help if the goal remains a 3rd CL winning team.

Unless you are one of the true heavyweights (Pep / Jurgen etc.) could you stake your reputation as a manager / director of football...

Regarding the stink that was created, it certainly cannot help if the goal remains a 3rd CL winning team.

Unless you are one of the true heavyweights (Pep / Jurgen etc.) could you stake your reputation as a manager / director of football operations on the signing of CR7 right now after all that has happened? If it goes badly, all the signs were there and you should have seen it coming! One thing that has seldom been mentioned here is how the other players in the room might react to CR7's arrival... He would be welcomed as a conquering King to MLS or Saudi Arabia.

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Nelson
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... but how would he be received at a CL contender?

Nelson
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You already have the awards and money.
Go to Sporting for your mamas sake.

Jerrold Hewson
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If he didnt already have a billion euros id say ok go play low quality football...

But i mean me myself i would prefer to play win trophys be a legend ? untill hes useless then go to usa or arabs...

People with a billion i mean ffs who needs a...

If he didnt already have a billion euros id say ok go play low quality football...

But i mean me myself i would prefer to play win trophys be a legend ? untill hes useless then go to usa or arabs...

People with a billion i mean ffs who needs a billion theyl never spend it...

you dont get your time back and im banking on ronnie doing a legendery thing madrid for 6 months then sporting 12 month and then usa or arabs...

that would be my opinion...

ffs whwre is renata sanches hahha

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