Like any La Liga player worth their salt, Cristiano Ronaldo is facing some damning tax fraud allegations. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Tax-evading footballers are pretty much a part of Spanish culture, like siestas and running with bulls.
Ronaldo’s reaction, however, did come as a surprise. The Real Madrid superstar and Ballon D’Or favorite is so enraged over his treatment that he’s considering leaving Spain. Will Ronaldo actually leave Real Madrid — and the country entirely — in order to escape his tax issues? And if he does, where will he go? Let’s get to the odds!
Odds Cristiano Ronaldo starts next season at …
Real Madrid: 1/1
The most successful club in soccer history is doing everything they can to hold onto its star striker. With manager Zinedine Zidane and the Real Madrid board fighting to keep him, there’s a decent chance they’ll succeed in retaining number 7.
La Liga stars Lionel Messi and Neymar have both been embroiled in their own tax scandals and emerged relatively unscathed, so that should give Ronaldo some peace of mind.
Manchester United: 3/1
Could Ronaldo return to the club that put him on the world stage?
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out with a potentially career-ending injury, Manchester United are in desperate need of offense after scoring just 54 goals last year. The return of Cristiano Ronaldo has been a pipe dream for the Red Devils for some time, but now it’s actually a real possibility. Expect the storied club to make a strong push.
Paris Saint-Germain: 9/1
Any time a world-class player is up for grabs, Paris Saint Germain are always near the front of the line, checkbooks out. After the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG was forced to play the inconsistent Edinson Cavani as their main striker. Ronaldo is just what they need to really threaten the Champions League next season.
an MLS team: 19/1
The 32-year-old Ronaldo is showing no signs of slowing down, but sooner or later he’s going to start declining. He may do well to follow in David Beckham’s footsteps: Man United to Real Madrid to the MLS. He could be the new face of the rapidly expanding league. Thing big questions are: can anyone afford him? And does he want to live in Trump’s America?
a Chinese Super League team: 25/1
The Chinese Super League transfer window opens today, and the league is willing to spend an unfathomable amount of money to snap up stars from Europe. So far, they’ve managed to poach players like Carlos Tevez, Hulk, and Oscar. Cristiano Ronaldo would be the ultimate catch.
The money is there; is Ronaldo is willing to take it?