Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly informed the Real Madrid hierarchy that he wants to part ways with the Los Blancos this summer which has now sparked rumours of interest from top-flight European clubs – and some of them have cheekily tried to lure the Portugal skipper away.
Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin have now revealed their interest in Ronaldo, who wants to leave the La Liga and Champions League double winners as he is not happy due to an investigation into alleged tax fraud.
The former Manchester United forward is ‘outraged’ after being accused of evading €14.7 million (£13m) in tax by Spanish prosecutors.
Ronaldo’s decision to leave the Spanish champions is ‘irreversible’ and the player has already informed Madrid president Florentino Perez of his desire to quit.
Earlier this week, the prosecutor’s office in Madrid confirmed that a lawsuit has been filed against the 32-year-old.
Ronaldo has since been asked about the charges levied against him and replied: ‘I have a clear conscience.’
— Hertha BSC (@HerthaBSC) June 9, 2017
And now the Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin took to Twitter to make an emotional offer to Ronaldo, having done the same when Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Manchester United.
They wrote: “Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid. No cash, but galactic challenge and Berlin will love you like a son. Interested, Cristiano?”
— Hertha BSC (@HerthaBSC) June 16, 2017
Berlin could offer Ronaldo European football, having finished sixth in the Bundesliga last season to seal a place in the Europa League.
On the contrary, some clubs have light-heartedly ruled out interest in the Real Madrid hit-man.
Bolton Wanderers, who earned a promotion into the Premier League last season, announced that they have no intentions to sign Ronaldo, after an enquiry by a fan.
The club responded: ‘We can confirm we won’t be holding talks with Cristiano Ronaldo’ – thus dashing hopes that he would be following in the footsteps of Jay-Jay Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff and Nicolas Anelka to the Macron Stadium.”
Paris Saint-Germain have been long-term admirers of the Madeira-born star and held a number of secret meetings with him over a transfer during the 2015/16 season. Club president Nasser El-Khelaifi would jump at another chance to sign Ronaldo, even if there were suggestions he leveraged PSG’s interest to boost the multi-million euro contract extension he signed last year.
Manchester United, too, would be keen on bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. Ed Woodward remains obsessed by star appeal and signing football’s biggest individual brand would tick every box as United look to return to being title challengers.