Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped a major hint that he could leave the Serie A giants this summer, paving the way for a possible shock return to Manchester United.
Andrea Pirlo’s failed in their title defence in a poor campaign in 2020/21 with a Top Four finish narrowly secured on the final day of the season.
That has opened up growing speculation over Ronaldo’s future in Italy as the 36-year-old enters into the final year of his contract at the club.
The former Real Madrid icon has fuelled that by posting a lengthy and cryptic message on Instagram claiming he has now achieved every goal he set himself upon arrival in Italy in 2018.
“The life and career of any top player are made of ups and downs,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram.
“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 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.”
However, despite the potential for United to make a move for their former superstar, they are not the only superpower interested in a move.
Ronaldo’s other former employers, Real Madrid, are also tracking the situation with interest, alongside Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could secure his release from Juventus for around £45m but his salary would place him as United’s highest earner with an estimated current annual wage of £26.7m (€31m).
Any deal would likely depend on the direction Solskjaer wants to take United’s summer transfer policy in after Euro 2020.
The Red Devils are rumorued to be one of the clubs in the hunt to secure a deal for Tottenham hotshot Harry Kane after the England confirmed his intentions to leave the club.
However, the 2020/21 Premier League Golden Boot winner is also attracting interest from rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.