Cristiano Ronaldo’s best course of action, in Jose Fonte’s opinion, would be to return to Real Madrid.
One season after returning to Manchester United from Juventus and winning the Ballon d’Or five times, the player is rumored to have requested a transfer away from Old Trafford.
Despite leading United to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League and scoring 24 goals during the 2021–22 season, Ronaldo was unable to help his team qualify for the Champions League.
Having been due to return to training on Monday before he was granted extra time off due to a family issue, Ronaldo is set to miss the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, with the squad set to depart on Friday.
That has further fuelled widespread speculation the 37-year-old’s second spell with the Red Devils is nearing its end.
The Portugal skipper was linked with a move to Bayern Munich, though chief executive Oliver Kahn has ruled out an approach from the Bundesliga champions
But international team-mate Fonte believes a return to Madrid would be the best outcome for Ronaldo, who won four Champions Leagues and two LaLiga titles with Los Blancos between 2009 and 2018, as well as becoming the club’s all-time leading scorer with 450 goals.
Lille defender Fonte, who along with Ronaldo was part of the Portugal squad that won Euro 2016, told talkSPORT: “What I do know is that the man loves the Champions League.
“He believes it is the best competition in the world and knows how he has to perform [in it] to win Ballons d’Or.
“He needs to be winning trophies and competing for trophies for the Ballon d’Or. He is a serial winner, as everyone knows.
“He might be looking at the [United] squad and thinking, ‘Am I going to be able to win some trophies this year?’ Maybe he doesn’t believe it. I don’t know. Only he can say.
“Would he go back to Madrid? That would be, for him, the best. If they want him back or not, that’s a different question.”