Flamengo president Rodolfo Landim has laughed off rumors of an ambitious January move for Cristiano Ronaldo by insisting the 37-year-old won’t even start regularly for the Brazilian heavyweights. Ronaldo is expected to leave Manchester United before the start of next season and could apparently be sold in January if a suitable offer arrives for his signature when the transfer market reopens.
Ronaldo, who has scored three goals in all competitions since the start of the campaign, recently returned to action for United after falling out with Erik ten Hag last month but is still believed to be keen on a move elsewhere at the first available opportunity. It looks like he won’t be joining Flamengo, however, with Landim joking that he wouldn’t be able to justify spending so much money on a player to warm up the bench.
“I don’t know where it comes from, but they have a lot of creativity,” he said. Papo Reto. “First of all, I ask: for whose place? It’s to be on the bench.
“From what I’ve read on the internet, I don’t know if it’s true or not, he was offered $242 million. [£215m] for a two-year contract, divided by 24 months, that’s about $10 million [£8.9m] a month. Talk about a value well above the entire Flamengo salary sheet for Cristiano Ronaldo.
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“Being the replacement for Pedro or Gabigol? I can’t. Nobody here is going to splurge. The amateur time to manage, to think that in the future we will pay the bills, that no longer exists. There is no no more possibility of taking a step that is not firm.”
In the meantime, it remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will be able to find a new club when the transfer window reopens in January after failing to do so in pre-season despite his best efforts. The only concrete offer for his services was reportedly tabled by Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal but was not seriously considered by either United or Ronaldo, who remains determined to play in the Champions League with one of the most big European clubs if possible.
Marseille have also been mentioned in a move for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in recent months, but have already ruled themselves out of the running, with club president Pablo Longoria unwilling to sign big names just to the pleasure of doing so.
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“Football is very clear, you are content with the means you have, with a financial balance,” Longoria said. RMC Sports.
“You have to do everything to get better results, try to improve the team, but with financial stability. This is important in 2022. We need a sustainable financial situation. We are far from ideas like that [of signing Ronaldo]big stars, individual players.
“We focus more on team players who perform individually in service of the team. We have a project where everyone has to work for a collective.”
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