CRISTIANO RONALDO has been spotted training at Real Madrid, according to sensational reports.
The Portugal star left the World Cup following his nation’s shock quarter-final defeat against Morocco.
GettyCristiano Ronaldo is reportedly training with Real Madrid following Portugal’s World Cup KO and his Man Utd axe[/caption]
AFPCristian Ronaldo spent nine years with Real Madrid before joining Juventus and subsequently Man Utd for a second stint[/caption]
And the five-time Ballon d’Or winner appears to have returned to another former club to keep his fitness up.
The report states the former United ace – whose explosive interview with Piers Morgan paved the way for his exit – is training away from the Los Blancos first-team.
It’s claimed Real were more than happy to accommodate Ronaldo, with the relationship between club and player still strong.
The forward was granted permission to train at his old club as he mulls over his next career move.
Ronaldo enjoyed his best years in the Spanish capital, winning two LaLiga crowns and four Champions League titles during his nine-year stay.
The 196-cap Portugal legend – who’s World Cup exit KO’d his chance to break another world record – scored 450 times for Los Blancos in just 438 games between 2009 and 2018.
Ronaldo has never been shy in revealing his fondness for Real and would no doubt happily return.
Yet, despite president Florentino Perez’s kind words down the years, it’s believed the club have shut the door to a potential return as they don’t want to disrupt Carlo Ancelotti’s current squad.
Following his time in Spain, Ronaldo moved to Juventus – where he lasted just three years – before heading back to Old Trafford.
However, his 15-month stay at United were littered in controversy before his exit last month.
Since leaving Man Utd, Ronaldo has been linked with a mega-money move to Al Nassr.
It’s believed the forward will be offered a staggering £173million a year to complete a free move to Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo is NOT expected to retire from international duty after Portugal’s World Cup heartache.
The ex-Sporting Lisbon star was spotted in tears in the tunnel following the gut-wrenching defeat to Morocco.
But CM Journal claims Ronaldo has already informed Portugal chiefs he intends to continue playing for his country.
And that puts him in contention to lead his nation at Euro 2024 in 18 months’ time.
Ronaldo found himself on the bench in the latter stages of the World Cup, replaced by Goncalo Ramos – who scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 mauling of Switzerland.
However, he was subbed on in both Portugal’s last 16 clash with Switzerland and quarter-final vs Morocco – but was unable to end his career-long knockout stage goal drought.