Just how influential was Ronaldo to Real Madrid’s league title win and Champions League final place?

Regardless of whether you’re team Messi or team Ronaldo, there is absolutely no denying they are both two unbelievable talents. Though this season, Ronaldo has outshone his number one rival. Madrid pipped Barca to the league title and showed them how it was done in the Champions League. And of course who was central to that…who other than Ronaldo?

The Portuguese star boasts 25 leagues goals and a further six assists in 29 appearances this season meaning he has been directly involved in 31 of Madrid’s 106 goals. That equates to almost 30% and without Ronaldo’s influence, Zinedine Zidane’s men would be 23 points worse off. This would put them in fifth place on 70 points. And whilst Messi may hold a haul of 37 league goals with nine assists, Ronaldo scored the most important goal of all as Madrid saw off Malaga at the weekend.

Admittedly, Madrid only needed a point to win the title but Malaga is a tough place to go and they are notorious for giving the biggest sides of La Liga a torrid time at La Rosaleda Stadium. Just two minutes into the game, Ronaldo helped to calm any nerves and pretty much keep the game at bay by latching onto Isco’s through ball and taking it round Carlos Kameni and slot it into an empty net. His 15th in 15 league games against Malga.

It also means he is the second player to score more than 25 goals in a season for the eighth year in a row, joining only Messi with that mightily impressive record. Not just a great day for the club but another personal milestone for the 32-year-old. And it’s not just the league in which Ronaldo has proved crucial in, six of Madrid’s Champions League victories have been as a direct result of his impact.

The former United man boasts ten goals and five assists in his 12 European appearances this season and with the final still to play, we may just see him add to that tally and add a fourth Champions League to his name.

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Where Will Ronaldo Play Next?

 

The 2016 summer transfer windows will be a very hot one indeed. Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic have announced that they will be leaving their respective clubs, with Ronaldo being tied as Ibrahimovic’s replacement. This is only logical because Paris Saint-Germain officials have a lot of money to spend and Ronaldo has some big needs in terms of wages. Although, it would be bombastic to see them both play together, but very unlikely because of both being players that like the spotlight for themselves.

Although other clubs have surfaced as the potential destination for Ronaldo, Paris Saint-Germain are the biggest favorites. Not even a legend like Zinedine Zidane wasn’t enough to convince Ronaldo to spend some more time in Real Madrid. Ronaldo is a living legend whose face has been all around the world, on commercials, kid’s bags, lunch boxes and even casino games offered by this online casino.

Another team considered a favorite in signing Ronaldo is Manchester United. In fact, sports media have been speculating that Ronaldo might return to Manchester for couple of years now. Will this summer be the one where Lassie comes home? We’ll see, although it’s tough to imagine that Manchester United would spend so much money. But, in realty, they desperately need a star like Ronaldo considering their flop this season, one that can restart the engine and help the team climb those old heights. There are even speculations that Mourinho will join him in Man Utd.

Zidane has revealed that he plans on relying on the Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo offensive trio, but that hasn’t changed the fact that Ronaldo will be most probably leaving Real Madrid this summer. Real Madrid might be willing to listen to offers considering the fact that Ronaldo has turned 31 and is starting to have problems with his knee, so the price may drop which would be great for Manchester United.

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A Real Madrid insider told the media that Ronaldo is the player expected to leave the club more than the other stars like Bale, who has speculated about leaving too. This is because Bale is 5 years younger, which makes him a more reliable future for the club, whereas the best years of Ronaldo might be behind him. But, it doesn’t mean that his career is over. On the contrary. The insider also said that PSG are desperate and the biggest favorites, but that Manchester United are hugely interested in signing him too and will try to do that.

Another reason why Ronaldo is heavy on leaving Real Madrid is the fact that Zidane is a person that likes to run the dressing room. Considering Ronaldo does that too, there might be a heavy clash of personalities, which in the end usually results with one person leaving the turf. If that happens, Zidane is said to be looking at Eden Hazard as his replacement.

Other possible destinations that people speculate about, although very unlikely to happen, are Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and even the USA. Chelsea and Manchester City have the money to bring him there, and so do the Major League football clubs, but I don’t know about Arsenal. Anyway, it would be fun to see Ronaldo playing in the Premier League again.