Cristiano Ronaldo trains with Bruno Fernandes for Portugal
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Cristiano Ronaldo has already made his mark at Euro 2020. The Portugal international shot down Hungary last time out, scoring twice as his side registered a 3-0 victory. And with France next in his sights it’s time to look at his current situation, with the veteran being linked with Manchester United and PSG.
Portugal go into tonight’s match against Germany looking to make it two wins from two at Euro 2020.
They weren’t at their best last time out against Hungary but still won regardless, with Ronaldo scoring twice and Raphael Guerreiro also notching.
And, now, it’s the Germans up next.
Joachim Lowe’s side aren’t the same side they were when they won the World Cup in Brazil back in 2014, famously beating the hosts 7-1 on their way to the final.
But they’ll still be formidable opponents nonetheless, especially given their need to win following their defeat to France last time out.
Ronaldo will, inevitably, go into the game looking to make his mark.
And the 36-year-old will enter the contest with speculation over his future going into overdrive, with two clubs appearing to be keen on snapping him up.
When Juventus forked out £100million to sign Ronaldo from Real Madrid back in the summer transfer window of 2018, they believed they’d secured the ticket to Champions League glory.
But though the Portugal international has been a huge hit, scoring over 100 goals for the club already, there’s a sense his arrival has actually held them back.
Juventus want to get Ronaldo off the wage bill this summer due to the coronavirus crisis, with Massimiliano Allegri’s side needing to sell before they spend big on fresh faces.
And Gazzetta dello Sport reported at the start of the month that he had just two choices: a return to Manchester United or move to France with Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG.
United had initially made it clear they wouldn’t re-sign Ronaldo.
But that stance appears to have changed in recent times, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer supposedly still open to a reunion with his former team-mate.
There had also been murmurings that the Glazers had actually held talks with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, about a sensational return to Old Trafford.
And it was then alleged that United had offered him a two-year contract, with Ronaldo keeping an open mind as he keeps his options open.
PSG, meanwhile, are also in the mix.
The Ligue 1 giants are yet to secure the long-term future of Kylian Mbappe, who is wanted by Real Madrid ahead of the 2022 summer transfer window.
And with PSG hellbent on winning the Champions League, it appears they see Ronaldo as the ideal short-term fix.
The player himself recently appeared to say goodbye to Juventus, saying on social media: “The life and career of any top player are made of ups and downs.
“Year after year, we face fantastic teams, with extraordinary players and ambitious goals, so we always have to give our best to keep ourselves at excellence levels.
“This year we couldn’t win Serie A, congratulations to Inter for the well-deserved title. However, I have to value everything that we achieved this season at Juventus, both in collective and individual terms.
“The Italian Super Cup, the Italian Cup and the Serie A Top Scorer trophy fill me with happiness, mainly due to the difficulty they carry with them, in a country where nothing is easy to win.
“With these achievements, I reached a goal that I had set myself since the first day I arrived in Italy: to win the Championship, the Cup and the Super Cup, and also to be Best Player and top scorer in this great football country filled with tremendous players, giant clubs and a very own football culture.
“I’ve already said that I don’t chase records, records chase me. For those who don’t understand what I mean by this, it’s very simple: football is a collective game, but it is through individual overcoming that we help our teams achieve their goals.
“It is always looking for more and more on the field, working more and more off the field, that records eventually emerge and collective titles become inevitable, some being the natural consequence of the other.
“So, I’m very proud with this fact that has been widely replicated in recent days: Champion in England, Spain and Italy; Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Super Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; best player in England, Spain and Italy; best scorer in England, Spain and Italy; Over 100 goals for a club in England, Spain and Italy.
“Nothing compares to the feeling of knowing that I’ve left my mark in the countries where I’ve played, and that I gave joy to the fans of the clubs I represented.
“This is what I work for, this is what moves me and this is what I’ll always keep chasing for until the last day.
“Thanks to everyone who took part in this journey! We stand together!”
And Ronaldo, speaking at Euro 2020, recently insisted transfer speculation didn’t faze him.
“I have been playing at the highest level for many years, this doesn’t faze me,” he said.
“Maybe if I was 18 or 19 I might have had some sleepless nights, but I’m 36.
“Whatever comes will be for the best regardless of staying at Juve or being transferred.
“The crucial thing now is the Euros, it is my fifth Euros, but for me it’s like my first Euros. We want to play a good match with good thoughts from the first to the last match.”
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