‘Come to Chelsea’ trends on Twitter after Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Manchester United but Portugal star tipped for Sporting Lisbon return as he becomes free agent

    Some Chelsea fans are calling for Cristiano Ronaldo to come to Stamford Bridge following the termination of his Manchester United contract.

    But the Portugal star has been tipped for a return to his former club Sporting Lisbon, who he played for before he burst onto the scene at Old Trafford in 2003.

    Given he’s now a free agent


    Given he’s now a free agent

    Blues fans were summoning Ronaldo to come to Stamford Bridge after the announcement


    Blues fans were summoning Ronaldo to come to Stamford Bridge after the announcement

    Ronaldo ended his contract with the Red Devils seven months early by mutual consent on Tuesday, following his explosive interview with TalkTV.

    Not even an hour had passed before ‘Come to Chelsea’ and ‘Ronaldo to Chelsea’ began to trend on Twitter, as a section of the Premier League club’s supporters encouraged the Portugal star to sign for them.

    Summer signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hasn’t hit the ground running, and new owner Todd Boehly may be interested in having a big-name star like Ronaldo at the club.

    However, talkSPORT’s European football expert Andy Brassell thinks Ronaldo is more likely to come full circle, and go back to the club that he began his career at – Sporting Lisbon.

    “I think if it’s in Europe, and that’s a big if, Sporting is not off the table,” Brassell said after the news broke.

    “Sporting were playing on Sunday, the night the story broke, of course the first question the Sporting coach Ruben Amorim was asked was not about the game, it was about Ronaldo.

    Ronaldo could find himself back at Sporting Lisbon


    Ronaldo could find himself back at Sporting Lisbon

    “He said, ‘Look I’ve said this before a thousand times, everyone at the club loves Ronaldo, but he’s a Manchester United player’.

    “What he didn’t say is that he’s a Manchester United player for the long term, or what he’s said all the other times about not being able to afford him.

    “What he’s saying is, ‘Ok, normally we couldn’t afford you, but now you’re a free agent, it’s up to you what you accept. Come home, make your mum happy. Boost Portuguese football. Give yourself a happy ending’.

    “I think there’s still a long distance before something like that becomes realistic. You’re looking at something in the region of a 90-95 per cent pay cut.

    “They have Mozambican sponsors to could make up some of the shortfall. But if you’re talking about gilding your legacy, what a way to do it.”

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