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Cristiano Ronaldo 1/1 to join Saudi Arabian team after Man Utd exit

Cristiano Ronaldo is now Evens to move to Any Saudi Arabian Team after being released by Manchester United, with Al-Nassr reportedly offering a three-year £186m contract.

Any Saudi Arabian Team had been a 25/1 shot, but as media speculation has grown, the price has been cut from 4/1 into 1/1.

Money has also come in for Ronaldo moving back to Real Madrid following reports that he'd like to head back to the Spanish capital, and the European champions are now 6/1.

A two-part interview with Piers Morgan revealed that Ronaldo felt he was being forced out of the club, not only by Ten Hag, but also by two or three other senior figures at the club.

The Portuguese also took shots at club legend Wayne Rooney as well as the club itself, in a move which led to the Portugal star's exit.

It’s been a turbulent season for Ronaldo, in which rumours of an exit in the summer grew, despite Ten Hag publicly voicing his support for the 37-year-old to stay at the club, amid a lack of interested buyers.

Ronaldo also left the stadium early after being subbed in a pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano, doing the same towards the end of a match in which he wasn’t selected against Tottenham, which was arguably the Red Devils’ best performance of the season.

Ten Hag said Ronaldo’s behaviour wouldn’t be tolerated, with the five-time Champions League winner banned from training with the first team.

After seemingly resolving their differences, Ronaldo was given the captain’s armband for the dismal 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa, but with Anthony Martial returning to fitness, Ronaldo’s playing time looked even more limited, having only started four league games this season.

It appeared Ten Hag gave Ronaldo every opportunity to prove he can be a useful member of the squad, but the damning interview saw the Portuguese’s Old Trafford career come to an abrupt end. 

Former captain Roy Keane was infamously booted out of the club after conducting an – unaired – interview to the club’s in-house channel criticising several players, and Ronaldo has also been shown the exit door. 

The question was who will take him, after the club failed in their apparent attempts to offload the 37-year-old in the summer.

Chelsea were reportedly interested following the takeover of Todd Boehly, but that came to nothing with the Blues opting to sign Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and with Christopher Nkunku looking set to join, it's 7/1 that Ronaldo ends up at Stamford Bridge when the transfer window reopens. 

Atletico Madrid and Napoli were both linked too, but neither of those moves looks likely, particularly for the latter who are flying both domestically and in Europe.

Sporting CP seemed a potential option if Ronaldo fancied a move back to his boyhood club and were 5/2 favourites in bet365’s market for Ronaldo’s club on 3rd February 2023, but amid reports of Al-Nassr offering Ronaldo a three-year deal worth an eye-watering £186m, Sporting are out to 5/1 second favourites, with Any Saudi Arabian Team heading the market at 1/1.

One theory was that Ronaldo would be eyeing a move to a Champions League club following United’s failure to qualify last season to try and extend his countless records in the competition, but it’s tough to see many teams of Champions League calibre who would take a chance on Ronaldo, who turns 38 in February.

As such, Any MLS Team may also be of interest at 7/1, as may Any Qatari Team at 20/1, where his wages would likely pose less of an issue.

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