The driving force behind Cristiano Ronaldo leaving MU this summer is the fear of losing his Champions League scoring record to rival Lionel Messi.
Less than 3 weeks left until the official Premier League season starts, but Ronaldo has not yet returned to training for MU . The 37-year-old has expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford this summer after the “Red Devils” failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Last season, Ronaldo scored 24 goals in 38 matches for MU in all competitions last season, including 18 goals in the Premier League, the achievement is second only to Mohamed Salah and Son Heung Min in the race of “Top scorer” “.
Ronaldo did not travel with MU for “family reasons”. The Portuguese superstar still maintains training and was even spotted taking part in some training sessions in his hometown over the weekend.
Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent, has introduced his client to Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich but all three big boys are not interested in the player who has won 5 Ballon d’Or.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Ronaldo is very worried about Lionel Messi surpassing him as the top scorer in Champions League history, and the Portuguese striker is ready to do whatever it takes to leave MU. in this summer.
In contrast to Ronaldo, Messi is working hard with his teammates at PSG and will continue to compete in Europe’s most prestigious club competition next season, which Ronaldo will not be able to do if CR7 stays at MU.
Ronaldo has scored 140 goals in the Champions League, 15 more than second place Messi. However, Messi will have the opportunity to close the gap with Ronaldo if the Portuguese striker cannot attend the Champions League next season. Robert Lewandowski (86), Karim Benzema (86) and Raul (71) respectively are the next 3 names in the top 5 greatest strikers in the history of the C1 Cup.
Starting his career as a winger, Ronaldo didn’t score until his 27th Champions League game in his early career with MU. However, after switching from a winger position to a central striker, the Portuguese striker began to search for the net with terrifying stability, becoming an obsession for all defenders after leaving Old Trafford to move. to Real Madrid.
But the fact that Messi is 2 years younger than Ronaldo could see the Argentine superstar surpass CR7 to become the Champions League “scorer” of all time. Messi scored 5 goals in 7 matches in the Champions League last season, including 2 goals against Man City.