Cristiano Ronaldo is at a crucial stage in his career … so where is he likely going?

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As he approaches his 20th full season as a professional footballer, the future has never been less clear for Cristiano Ronaldo.

A five-time Ballon d’Or winner, and so often the protagonist at every stage of his career, he is in the midst of a difficult period at Juventus.

Juventus came in to win titles, are 10 points behind the pace in Serie A and were dumped from the Champions League by Porto. In the aftermath, critics have focused on Ronaldo, insisting that he is ‘not what he was four years ago’.

Amid reports that he will be available this summer for just over £ 21 million, what does the future hold for one of the greatest football players ever, and where will the next chapter of his illustrious career be written? Here, Sportsmail looks at all options …

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a difficult season with Juventus and has been criticized by critics

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a difficult season with Juventus and has been criticized by critics

Juventus

If there’s one thing we know about Ronaldo, it’s that he won’t give up without a fight. He is a man who has maximized his talent by working hard, spending hours on the training field and in the gym.

Therefore, he will not be happy with his time at Juventus so far. This season, they seem to have loosened their grip on the Serie A trophy, and there still hasn’t been the Champions League success he so desperately wants to secure.

Don’t be surprised if his critics in Italy urge him to prove them wrong, and he still has time on his contract with Juve. There will certainly be some changes in the off-season, but chances are Ronaldo will do well to go back to Turin again.

The most recent statements from within the club were from Vice President Pavel Nedved, who told DAZN: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo will stay with Juventus, he is untouchable. Andrea Pirlo will also be our manager next season. ‘

Probability Classification: 4/5

That is his determination, it would be no surprise to see Ronaldo stay and correct his mistakes

That is his determination, it would be no surprise to see Ronaldo stay and correct his mistakes

That is his determination, it would be no surprise to see Ronaldo stay and correct his mistakes

Manchester United

Ronaldo has been tipped for a return to Manchester for a number of years – and that’s not something the player has ruled out either.

Money has been a huge stumbling block in the past, but if we are to believe the £ 21 million rumors it certainly makes it a lot better to do.

Of course, wages will remain astronomical and – realistically – United will wonder if bringing Ronaldo in will actually improve them on the pitch.

Plus, the commercial value is clear, but with Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Amad Diallo leading a youth revolution, bringing in a 36-year-old Ronaldo may not be at the top of their wish list.

Fans still love the idea of ​​a reunion 12 years after his departure, but as it stands now, the stars are unlikely to line up for it to happen this summer.

Probability Classification: 2/5

Ronaldo enjoyed a great spell at Man United and has long been associated with a return

Ronaldo enjoyed a great spell at Man United and has long been associated with a return

Ronaldo enjoyed a great spell at Man United and has long been associated with a return

Inter Miami / any MLS club

America is an interesting move for a player like Ronaldo. MLS has big plans and their growth has been astronomical over the past decade, and they still long for big names to bring more people around the world to watch.

Having Ronaldo would of course be a huge draw for viewers and would almost certainly help MLS with their plan to become one of the biggest leagues in the world.

David Beckham’s Inter Miami has made no secret of their desire to bring in a superstar, with both Messi and Ronaldo mentioned. Both bosses Phil Neville and Beckham know Ronaldo well, and it would be a surprise if they at least didn’t hit the base and made their feelings clear.

Whether Ronaldo is ready to leave Europe and move away from top football is just another matter.

Probability Classification: 3/5

David Beckham (right) will be desperate to bring a big name to Inter Miami and Ronaldo will fit

David Beckham (right) will be desperate to bring a big name to Inter Miami and Ronaldo will fit

David Beckham (right) will be desperate to bring a big name to Inter Miami and Ronaldo will fit

Paris Saint Germain

The bookies’ favorite for Ronaldo’s next move – a surprise 7/5 shot – is Paris Saint-Germain.

The notoriously wealthy French giants already have Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, but Ronaldo would complete an incredible front three in their assault on their way to a first-ever Champions League trophy.

They could of course still do it this season and take on Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, but if they miss again, there will almost certainly be a few million more thrown in an attempt to finally make it to the top.

If Ronaldo does indeed leave Juventus, then a bid from another club worthy of winning the Champions League will certainly be an attractive proposition. Having already played in Portugal, England, Spain and Italy, France would represent a chance for something new in the twilight years of his career.

Probability Classification: 4/5

Neymar (left) has long been a rival to Ronaldo, but the pair were able to play together at PSG

Neymar (left) has long been a rival to Ronaldo, but the pair were able to play together at PSG

Neymar (left) has long been a rival to Ronaldo, but the pair were able to play together at PSG

PSG already has a formidable front line and adding Ronaldo to it would be a huge step

PSG already has a formidable front line and adding Ronaldo to it would be a huge step

PSG already has a formidable front line and adding Ronaldo to it would be a huge step

Real Madrid

The latest reports from Madrid are that there is a real chance that Ronaldo could return to Real. Zinedine Zidane seems excited, Karim Benzema could use some help with the goal, and if they don’t win the title this season, new players are sure to come through the door.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas also said of Ronaldo this week: “He continues to make a difference. He’s still a genius and a star and he’s a man made in Madrid so it would be nice [if he came back]

That said, Spanish clubs were hit harder than most by the coronavirus pandemic, and Real Madrid has already spent a large amount on the renovation of the Bernabeu … so his pay could be a sticking point.

There are still rumors about Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé, and needless to say, if money is spent on either, there is absolutely no chance that Ronaldo will return.

Probability Classification: 3/5

Money could be tight at Real Madrid, but certain sections are definitely looking to get him back

Money could be tight at Real Madrid, but certain sections are definitely looking to get him back

Money could be tight at Real Madrid, but certain sections are definitely looking to get him back

Bayern Munich

Like a move to France with PSG, Bayern Munich would certainly present an exciting new challenge for Ronaldo, who has never played in the Bundesliga.

They are currently the fourth favorite destination in the eyes of the bookmakers, after PSG, United and Real Madrid.

They too have big dreams of staying at the top of the European football charts after winning the Champions League last season, but it would be a surprise to see them break the bank to become one of the biggest names in the league. world football.

If they are the best at all, why spend a lot of money on a 36-year-old who can only guarantee him top football for a few seasons before he retires? Don’t rule it out, but this step seems unlikely.

Probability Classification: 2/5

Ronaldo would love to have a chance in the Bundesliga, but Bayern is already flying high without him

Ronaldo would love to have a chance in the Bundesliga, but Bayern is already flying high without him

Ronaldo would love to have a chance in the Bundesliga, but Bayern is already flying high without him