Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo is unimaginable - Marco Asensio

Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo is unimaginable - Marco Asensio

Another summer and another time that Cristiano Ronaldo never wants to play for Real Madrid again.

Ordinarily, £131m for a player aged 33 would seem insane, but given Ronaldo's huge marketing value and the fact he's still one of the best players on the planet, it would still be an excellent deal for United if these reports were accurate.

'It was very nice to be in Madrid, ' he said.

The Paris Saint-Germain winger, who is reportedly attracting interest from newly-promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, netted either side of half-time to give Portugal a timely confidence boost eight days out from their opening Group B clash against Spain. Real Madrid are aware that no club could afford the €1,000m buyout clause in Bale's contract but if the Welshman is to leave it would have to be for a record fee.

TeamTalk are citing a report from AS that claims Ronaldo has chose to leave Madrid after they refused to meet his salary demands following talks over yet another contract extension.

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The French champions have indicated that they are not prepared to sell the Brazil worldwide, but Madrid have made no secret of the fact that they will attempt a put a deal together this summer.

In a way this is a fairly reasonable assumption, Neymar is seven years his junior, but Ronaldo is probably afraid the 26-year-old will replace him as the main man at the Bernabeu sooner rather than later.

The newspaper also reported that Ronaldo would prefer to stay in Europe after leaving the 13-time European champions and Italy, France or England could be his next possible destination.

A chance for Portugal to build chemistry and hopefully, for them, avoid injury to any important players ahead of the World Cup.

The Portugal worldwide still has three years remaining on his contract with Madrid.