Shock Ronaldo exit rumours emerge, as Juventus count coronavirus cost

Date published: Wednesday 10th June 2020 1:10 - Matthew Briggs

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Cristiano Ronaldo is rumoured to be contemplating leaving Juventus at the end of the season, according to one source.

The 35-year-old has continued his brilliance in Turin with 53 goals in 75 games since his €100million transfer from Real Madrid in July 2018.

The Portugal legend signed a four-year deal in Turin and he will be halfway through that in July, but there have been suggestions that he could look to move on after guiding Juve to the title last season and top spot this time around.

According to Milan’s Radio Rossonera Ronaldo could be on his way out of Serie A to ease their financial burden.

Journalist and Radio Rossonera director Pietro Balzano Prota tweeted at the end of May that “different sources” had suggested that Ronaldo could part ways with Juventus in the summer. Now Prota has tweeted a similar suggestion and claimed he is looking into the rumours that “are not yet to be classified as concrete news”.

According to Sport Mediaset, the uncertainty surrounding his future has arisen due to the coronavirus crisis.

Juve have been heavily impacted by the suspension of Serie A and their players are believed to have waived four months’ wages.

Ronaldo is the club’s highest earner on around €31million per season and his exit would ease the club’s financial worries significantly, not to mention the transfer fee he would still command.

There is no new suggestion as to where Ronaldo could possibly be heading, but with giants Real Madrid and Manchester United among his former clubs he is unlikely to accept a second-rate transfer.

Il Messagero claimed in April it was Ronaldo who could prove Juve’s biggest loss with the huge financial strain of his wages backing them into a corner and forcing them into a sale.

The paper also suggested it would likely be a 50/50 battle between Manchester United and PSG as to where Ronaldo ends up next.

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