One of the summer’s biggest headlines will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s emotional return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
It would help supporters forget about Eden Hazard’s exasperating two-year wait for him to get fit, and it would buy time as they try to sign Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland.
Until director Fabio Paratici explained his remarks, Juventus said that a new contract for Ronaldo was ‘not on the agenda.’ Is it, however, possible to return to the Spanish capital? Sportsmail responds to the most commonly asked questions…
Ronaldo the Real Madrid remake: Why not?
We may come up with 62 million excuses why we shouldn’t. That’s the gross salary Madrid will have to pay him to balance his net earnings of €31 million (£26.5 million) in Turin. Plus the €20 million (£17 million) that Juventus will claim for a player with one year left on his deal.
He’d be worth it though, wouldn’t he?
True, he’d carry them targets and timelines.
Since his departure, their scoring statistics have deteriorated, and although he has not won the Champions League in Italy, he has scored 90 goals in 100 games.
Florentino Perez, the club’s president, will also be relieved. In a year, he knows Mbappe, his top priority, would be much easier to acquire. Hazard is out again, and Karim Benzema is in dire need of a goal scorer.
As a fantasy football swoop, no one can deny that it makes sense. However, it may be a bit too fantastical.
The majority of supporter polls indicate that those who want him to return outnumber those who don’t. That is the global fanbase; however, stadium supporters will have a different opinion.
Let it never be forgotten that Ronaldo was booed at the Santiago Bernabeu on occasion. And no amount of records he set could compare to the degree of adoration he received in Manchester.