Six options for Ronaldo as Man Utd star considers Old Trafford future

Cristiano Ronaldo is considering cutting short his sensational return to Manchester United following their disastrous season.

The Daily Star exclusively revealed that the 36-year-old's future hinges on United's next choice of manager – with Ronaldo waiting to see who arrives in the hot seat before deciding his long-term future.

Although Ronaldo penned a deal until 2023, he could leave the Premier League in the summer if he isn't enthused by the appointment.

The likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Erik Ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers are all under consideration to fill the void left by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In light of this new development, Daily Star Sport considers six options for Ronaldo as he ponders his long-term future…

Stay at United

Despite having his concerns, there's every chance that Ronaldo could decide to ride it out and stay at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese superstar hinted at unfinished business when he re-signed for the club back in August – and it's unlikely that he'll want to sign off on a sour note or without winning any silverware.

There is, of course, every chance that Ronaldo could be enthused by United's new appointment and see out his deal in Manchester.

But even if that's not the case, and given his strong feelings for the club, it feels like it would take a lot for Ronaldo to cut his fairytale return back to United short after just 12 months.

Messi link-up at PSG

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With PSG braced for Kylian Mbappe's exit in the summer, could Ronaldo end up as a short-term replacement for the French prodigy?

Stranger things have happened in football and Ronaldo has already shown that his age hasn't hampered his ability to bag goals.

A move would allow PSG to maintain their blockbuster front three even without Mbappe. A three-pronged attack of Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi certainly has the potential to set pulses racing in Paris.

Money would obviously be no object for the Ligue 1 giants, who wouldn't struggle to put together a financial package to entice Ronaldo.

So could Ronaldo end up winding down his career alongside his great rival Messi, rather than trying to outdo him? A move to Paris would certainly fit the bill if Ronaldo was desperate for more trophies before calling it a day.

MLS move

One potential option for Ronaldo, if he does decide to end his magical return to Manchester United, is a move to Hollywood.

Not, not that Hollywood, but the bright lights of the MLS.

A host of big-name stars have moved to America for one final payday to see their playing career out in the MLS.

The MLS as a league has been handed a double boost this year following the launch of David Beckham's long-awaited MLS franchise Inter Miami and the recent news that Italian superstar Lorenzo Insigne is on the verge of signing an eye-watering £66million multi-year deal that would see him spend his prime years in the MLS with FC Toronto.

Previously, Ronaldo's former Manchester United and Portugal team-mate Nani has already revealed that the icon has given a move Stateside some thought.

"A couple of years ago, he told me that he will probably end up in America," Nani told ESPN back in 2020.

"It's not 100 per cent, but probably. There is a chance."

Romantic Real return

After completing an emotional return to Manchester United, could Ronaldo actually end up returning to Real Madrid for one final hurrah?

Real, who have become famous for their 'Galactico' signings over the years, have moved on from Ronaldo since he departed the club for Juventus back in 2018.

But Ronaldo spent his prime years in Spain and racked up some mind-boggling figures for Los Blancos.

Surely both Real and Ronaldo would struggle to rule out one glorious final chapter in their story – even if it was just a short-term deal.

Sporting swansong

If Ronaldo's mother has anything to do with it, then the star will be returning back to his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon if he calls time on his second stint at United in the summer.

There had been some talk that Ronaldo could return to Sporting last summer before he agreed to return to United. He was on their books as a teenager before Sir Alex Ferguson plucked him away from Portugal.

But his mother, Dolores Aveiro, still hasn't given up hope of seeing her son return 'home' to play for his first club before he retires.

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"Ronaldo has to come back here," Aveiro, a big Sporting Lisbon fan, told the Sporting Clube de Portugal podcast earlier this year.

"If it were my choice, he would already be here. He likes to watch Sporting games. I've already told him: 'Son, before I die, I want to see you return to Sporting'. He says: 'Let's see'"

It's not out of the question that she finally gets her wish if Ronaldo quits United in the summer.

Hanging up his boots

Although it may have seemed unthinkable just last year, could Ronaldo be tempted to retire at the end of the season if he doesn't stay on at Old Trafford?

Ronaldo has previously spoken about playing football until he was 40; something he even hinted at shortly after making his Premier League return.

“I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years,” Ronaldo said back in September. “I am not here for a vacation."

Although that would appear to rule retirement out, perhaps the drama in Manchester this season has taken its toll on the man dubbed by many as superhuman.

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