Dolores Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo mother, has stated that she will try to persuade her son to return to Sporting Lisbon at the end of the season.
On a personal basis, Ronaldo has had another successful season, scoring 28 goals in 32 appearances for Juventus in Serie A. But he hasn’t been able to lead his team to victory, and Juve is in danger of losing out on Champions League promotion, with Andrea Pirlo’s side in the fifth position with just two games left. If this is the case, Ronaldo will wish to leave Turin this summer, because his contract does not expire until the end of next season.
Juve’s challenges contrast sharply with Ronaldo’s first club Sporting. It just won the Primeira Liga for the first time since 2002. Their fans flocked to the streets in raucous parties. And Dolores was shot by a fan on a city balcony taking part in the festivities.
When asked about her son’s future in the video, she replied: “I’m going to Turin to meet with him. He’ll play in Alvalade next year, and I’ll persuade him to come here.”
Ronaldo came from Sporting’s academy but only made 31 senior appearances. Manchester United paid £12.24 million for him earlier in 2003. The amount made him the world’s most expensive teenager at the time. It’s unclear if the 36-year-old will be as eager to return to his old squad. The Portuguese star’s exorbitant pay could be a stumbling block.
Ronaldo’s dissatisfaction with Juventus continues to rise, with some rumors linking him to a lucrative move to the United States. Sporting will undoubtedly be the most romantic choice, but returns to Real Madrid or Manchester United are also possibilities.