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Ronaldo has scored a record 140 goals in the Champions League, something he was desperate to extend upon this season after United failed to qualify for the competition in 2021/22.
But the European footballing elite weren’t exactly forthcoming with offers for the 37-year-old. New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was understood to be interested, but then-manager Thomas Tuchel rejected the move.
Atletico Madrid and Sporting Lisbon couldn’t afford him, Napoli later admitted that their reported interest wasn’t serious, and it even got to the point that Ronaldo was being linked with Rangers, last year’s runners-up in Scotland.
The most concrete bids for Ronaldo came from Saudi Arabia: a destination he was unwilling to countenance in the summer but might now be open to after starting the current campaign warming the bench at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo ‘a great role model’
“We would love to see a player like Cristiano Ronaldo playing in the Saudi league,” Yasser Al-Misehal, president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, told the Athletic.
“It would bring a huge positive feedback and it would be big news for everyone. I’m sure everyone knows the achievements and records of Cristiano Ronaldo, but also as a player who is a great role model.