The Cristiano Ronaldo speculation continues as the legendary 37-year-old tries to find a club who’d be silly enough to destroy their team structure and offer him a Champions League stage upon which to prance and pout (and presumably score a few goals, too).
Who might be silly enough to do something so incredibly silly, you might ask? According to the Athletic, Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, who are apparently “intrigued by the concept of recruiting such an iconic figure” — where by iconic figure they mean aging egomaniac superstar who needs to be the center of attention unless Las Vegas is being mentioned.
EXCL: Chelsea considering Cristiano Ronaldo move. Man Utd currently say not for sale but #CFC monitoring & not ruling out. Mendes talks continue - Boehly/Eghbali intrigued by idea. Tuchel admires 37yo but unclear if he would approve @TheAthleticUK #MUFC https://t.co/oFgWSX1b8q— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 4, 2022
Even after the ownership change, Chelsea remain one of the few teams in the world who could afford the financial burden of such a mistake — at least for this season until we drop out of the Champions League by finishing outside the top four because we signed yet another immobile center forward who won’t be as easily and (relatively) quietly sidelined as Romelu Lukaku was (for now). With the ownership change, and without the bottomless funding of Roman Abramovich, we cannot afford competitive mistakes like that.
Ronaldo was discussed in a meeting between Todd Boehly and Mendes. Chelsea have not made any offer. No real indication Tuchel wants Ronaldo. Priority is Raheem Sterling & a full agreement with #MCFC is very close & expected to be finalised early this week.— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) July 4, 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo was offered to Chelsea and Neymar is open to a Stamford Bridge move.— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) July 4, 2022
The focus is all on Raheem Sterling with Thomas Tuchel not keen to be seduced by star power: https://t.co/rpgpbMeb1H #CFC
All this speculation seems to stem from Boehly, who seems much more open to dealing with super-agents than his predecessor, reportedly meeting with Jorge Mendes last month. Mendes represents dozens and dozens of players, but Cristiano’s obviously the big headline ticket. Hopefully that’s all this remains: speculation and “monitoring”.