Ronaldo is nearing the conclusion of his brilliant career and has only scored one Premier League goal for Manchester United this season.
While Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr is apparently eager to grant him a lucrative contract, he does not have a choice of teams.
We’ve looked at seven clubs that appear to have declared themselves out of contention.
Having previously collaborated with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, Ronaldo has been linked with a reunion with his compatriot at Roma.
The pair had a fractious relationship, but Ronaldo was a productive performer under Mourinho, amassing 168 goals and 49 assists in 164 games.
While Mourinho’s team has struggled in attack this season, Roma director Tiago Pinto has put an end to rumors linking the 37-year-old to a move to the club.
“One of the things that frustrate me about Italy is how much they talk about the transfer market,” Pinto stated at the Thinking Football Summit.
“The truth is that Cristiano Ronaldo was never a realistic option.” These rumors were unfounded. However, in Italy, three different players associated with your club are discussed on a daily basis.
“I understand why they linked us because Mourinho and I are both Portuguese, as is Cristiano.” But, as I already stated, there was never any substance in it.”
Dortmund (Borussia Dortmund)
Ronaldo was apparently hoping to cement his place in history in Germany after doing so in England, Spain, and Italy.
He wanted to join Dortmund in the summer, according to Sport Bild and was enticed by the idea of playing in front of 80,000 supporters at Signal Iduna Park.
The Bundesliga club decided not to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and appears to have ruled out any future transfer.
“I adore this guy, and it’s a beautiful concept to see Cristiano play at Signal Iduna Park,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Jochim Watzke remarked.
“He is without a doubt one of the finest players the world has ever seen.” However, there is no interaction between the parties and certainly no transfer. So we should cease talking about it from now on.”
Bayern Munich was linked with a deal for Ronaldo after losing Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona in the summer.
However, the German club had already spent £35 million on Sadio Mane and chose not to sign a direct replacement for Lewandowski.
When asked why they didn’t sign Ronaldo, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told BILD’s Phrasenmaher podcast, “When you now see how our attack is prepared – even without Robert Lewandowski – it’s just difficult from a sporting and financial point of view.”
“We have eight players up front for four slots.” We have established great players who are at the peak of their careers. We have talent that we want to see the play, therefore we all voted to go ahead with our plan.
“Signing Ronaldo was therefore out of the question for us.” We are quite pleased with our equipment.”
Despite the fact that Ronaldo has left United and is now available on a free transfer, Bayern Munich’s stance has not changed.
“We’ve dealt with it before,” Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn told Sky Sports Germany. “We have a clear vision, a clear concept for how our squad should be assembled.
“There is no doubt that we all admire him. We all adore Cristiano Ronaldo, but that doesn’t match our vision.”
During his time at Juventus, Ronaldo scored 81 goals in 98 Serie A appearances and was extensively linked with a move to Napoli during the summer transfer window.
According to reports, Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, attempted to broker a swap deal involving Ronaldo and Victor Osimhen, but Napoli was not interested.
“We pretend to communicate with everyone during the transfer market, and occasionally we do it for real,” club director Cristiano Giuntoli explained. “However, we wanted to put money into a youthful team.”
Luciano Spalletti’s side has subsequently had a fantastic start to the season, sitting eight points clear of AC Milan at the top of the table.
Osimhen has also been in superb form in 2022/23, and Napoli has no plans to sign another striker in the January transfer market.
“How about Ronaldo in January?” “We are not going to sign any players in January,” Giuntoli told DAZN. “We don’t need to make any changes to this team.” We’re doing well, and no signings are planned for the time being.
“I apologize for repeating myself, but we are not thinking about the transfer market right now.” Even if I had to talk about it, I’d say we don’t need anything because there are no faults in the squad that need to be fixed.
“Things are going so smoothly that we wouldn’t change a thing.”
Despite spending nine years at Real Madrid, Ronaldo allegedly met with Atletico Madrid about a possible move in the summer.
Atletico Madrid fans responded to the rumors by hoisting a “CR7 NOT WELCOME” sign during a friendly match.
Manager Diego Simeone has now promised fans that the striker will not be brought to the Metropolitano Stadium.
“You would not see him as an absolute benchmark for Real Madrid,” Simeone told AS. “You wouldn’t see (Martin) Palermo at River; he wouldn’t see (Juan Roman) Riquelme at River, and you wouldn’t see (Ariel) Ortega at Boca… There are some instances that are crystal clear.”
“I remember a beautiful remark that a fan yelled at me during pre-season: ‘Cholo, be careful, the Champions League is not at all costs,'” he continued. And I liked that because it’s a very healthy reflection of the neighborhood, the team, the fan, and the heart.”
Todd Boehly, the owner of Chelsea, has long admired Ronaldo and hoped to lure him to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Thomas Tuchel intervened and blocked a deal for the striker, according to sources, and sought counsel from United’s former interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Tuchel has since been replaced in the Chelsea dugout by Graham Potter, although the current manager is said to have the same attitude toward Ronaldo as his predecessor.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Blues have no plans to pursue the Portugal international again and are instead focusing on other prospects.
To be sure, this one should be taken with a grain of salt.
When asked if he’d sign Ronaldo, Burnley manager Vincent Kompany told the BBC, “We need men who can run.”
Burnley has had a fantastic start to the season, sitting atop the Championship after scoring 40 goals in 21 games.
But, if it were a viable option, we’re sure Kompany would welcome the 37-year-old to Turf Moor.