This article is written by Chelsea fan George. Check him out on Twitter @georjecb.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in the media a lot lately. First we saw him win La Liga and then the Champions League with Real Madrid - in which Ronaldo played a huge role as always, scoring two goals in the final. More recently, Cristiano has been in the press for all the wrong reasons as it was alleged he had been involved in tax evasion. The facts on this are a little hazy at the moment, so I don't wan't to comment on it too much. And most recently, Ronaldo has apparently declared he wants to leave Spain.
Let me first say this: Ronaldo will not leave Real Madrid this summer. I won't bet my life on it, but I'm 99.9% certain he's staying put. Despite some of the most respectable media companies reporting that Cristiano is unhappy with the handling of his legal issues (which may or may not be true), it remains unlikely he'll leave Real Madrid.
I don't think any clubs in world football are financially prepared to buy a player like Cristiano Ronaldo. In buying Ronaldo, you are essentially buying an financial asset, not a football player. Although he's amazing on the pitch, anyone who buys the 32-year-old would be doing it for their own potential financial gain. The reason I say 'potential' is because his buy-out clause is £874.88m. I doubt anyone would be able to afford that, or be stupid enough to spend that money on him - and if they did, it certainly wouldn't be worth it. Even if someone managed to sign him for £120m, it would still be a huge risk because of his age and the fact that you need to be able to get that money back through things like shirt sales. So what I'm getting at is that it's going to take a big financial leap of faith to sign Ronaldo, so clubs would need to be well equipped to deal with him - and I don't think many are.
For me, it just isn't the right time for Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid either. He's at the peak of his game, and in a footballing sense, any move he made would be a step down. So why move?
If I'm completely honest, I think this is just another case of the media exaggerating a story to sell print & get clicks during some of the driest months in football. It's fair enough, really - people's jobs depend on the traffic these news platforms receive. So what I will say is that Ronaldo won't leave Real Madrid as things stand. If more information surfaces which supports the possibility of him moving, I'll reconsider - but for now, I don't think it'll happen. And that's all I have to say - no more 'Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid' articles from me unless there is clear evidence to suggest so.