Former Portugal midfielder Raul Meireles believes the Premier League would be the right destination for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Reigning Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Manchester United having been “outraged” by what he feels is unfair treatment by Spanish tax authorities, making him determined to leave the country.
The 32-year-old only signed a new deal with Real in November and is under contract until 2021, but after the country’s prosecutor’s office in Madrid filed a £12million tax fraud lawsuit against Ronaldo earlier this month the apple cart was well and truly upset.
Real president Florentino Perez vowed to “defend him at all costs” and has since held talks with the player, whose stance is believed to have softened.
Meireless, 34, though is convinced that if Ronaldo is still insistent on leaving Madrid then the English top flight would be a perfect move for Ronaldo, who made almost 300 appearances for United in a six-year spell from 2003 to 2009.
“Yes of course [he could return to the Premier League],” Meireles told Sky Sports. “He was very successful in the Premier League so I think that if he does not want to stay at Real Madrid, or he wants to leave, then the Premier League is the right place for him to be.”
Ronaldo left for Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 for a then world-record £80million fee and the Funchal-born star has gone on to score 406 goals in just 394 appearances for the current La Liga and Champions League winners.