Real Madrid are preparing for life without Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Portuguese forward has rejected a 200 million euro contract offer from the Chinese Super League.
Sporting motivation has always been the driving force behind the 33-year-old’s decisions, as was the case when he opted to leave Manchester United to sign for Los Blancos back in 2009.
He feels as though his relationship with Florentino Perez has been irreparably damaged and he now wishes to enjoy a new challenge, something that the Italian champions, Juventus, represent.
With that being said, the former Sporting star has opted against moving to China with an offer having come through prior to the Bianconeri making their interest known.
An unnamed Chinese club offered the veteran a contract worth 100 million a season for two years with the economic strength of the league staggering.
Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Hulk, Yannick Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan have all made the move to Asia on lucrative contracts in recent times, but Ronaldo feels he still has a lot to give at the top level.
This offer came in December 2017 before Real Madrid came to an agreement with Jorge Mendes on the terms of Ronaldo’s exit; a 100 million euro release fee.
Juventus have been far more successful than the Chinese club in their attempts to prise the forward away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, with a 30 million euro per season contract mooted.
In the long term, the Portuguese captain sees his retirement taking place in the MLS in a specific project, and that hasn’t changed.