Cristiano Ronaldo breaks silence on Real Madrid and PSG transfer links – Metro.co.uk


Cristiano Ronaldo has responded to speculation surrounding his future at Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo has responded to speculation surrounding his future at Juventus (Picture: Getty)

Cristiano Ronaldo has released a passionate statement in response to transfer rumours linking him with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

The 36-year-old, who is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, has spent the last three years of his career at Juventus.

Ronaldo has been strongly linked with a move away from Turin this summer, however, with Real Madrid said to be interested in bringing him back to the Bernabeu.

Premier League champions Man City and French giants PSG, who signed Ronaldo’s long-time rival Lionel Messi earlier this month, have also been linked with moves for the Portugal legend.

Responding to the speculation in a lengthy and passionate statement, Ronaldo said: ‘Anyone who knows me is aware of how focused I am on my work. Less talk and more action, this has been my guiding motto since the start of my career.

‘However, in view of everything that’s been said and written recently, I have to set out my position.

‘More than the disrespect for me as a man and as a player, the frivolous way that my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumours, as well as to their players and staff.

‘My story at Real Madrid has been written. It’s been recorded. In words and numbers, in trophies and titles, in records and in headlines. It’s in the Museum at the Bernabeu Stadium and it’s also in the minds of every fan of the club.

‘And beyond what I achieved, I remember that in those nine years I had a relationship of deep affection and respect for “merengue afición”, an affection and respect that I retain to this day, and that I will always cherish.

‘I know that the true Real Madrid fans will continue to have me in their hearts, and I will have them in mine.

‘As well as this most recent episode in Spain, there have been frequent news and stories associating me with a number of clubs in many different Leagues, with nobody ever being concerned about trying to find out the actual truth.

‘I’m breaking my silence now to say that I can’t allow people to keep playing around with my name.

Portugal legend Ronaldo is considered one of the greatest players in history
Portugal legend Ronaldo is considered one of the greatest players in history (Picture: Getty)

‘I remain focused on my career and in my work, committed and prepared for all the challenges that I have to face. Everything else? Everything else is just talk.’

Ronaldo helped Manchester United win three Premier League titles and the Champions League earlier in his career, before spending almost a decade at Real Madrid.

The modern-day legend won a further four Champions League trophies at the Bernabeu and five Ballon d’Or awards.

Ronaldo, who helped Portugal win the Euros in 2016, has enjoyed more success at Juventus, scoring 101 goals in 133 games for the Italian club and lifting the Serie A title twice.

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