Cristiano Ronaldo: Could He Return to Manchester United?

Cristiano Ronaldo will seek to leave Real Madrid next month, according to a shock report.

Ronaldo, 32, has been at Real for eight years, during which time he has won the Ballon d'Or award for world's best player four times.

But A Bola in Portugal claims the star forward wants to exit Spain following the 2017 Confederations Cup with his national team, which takes place this June and July in Russia.

Ronaldo is facing a potentially fraught summer as Spanish prosecutors decide whether to pursue charges against him over allegations of tax fraud dating back as far as 2011. The player is apparently "disgusted" by the investigation.

Even as he enters the final phase of his career, there are only a select few teams Ronaldo could depart for. A Bola reckons Paris Saint-Germain would be interested, and—deep breath—Manchester United would also like to take him back to Old Trafford.

Ronaldo is a very different player from the man who left United for a then world-record fee in the summer of 2009, but his powers of reinvention mean he is now perhaps even more threatening in front of goal.

Bringing him back to the place where he made his name would certainly be one of the most popular moves United manager Jose Mourinho could make. Ronaldo only signed a new five-year contract in November 2016, but if he were to become available, it's difficult to imagine United not inquiring, if only politely, after his services.