Glory, Glory…Barca: Cristiano Ronaldo Contacted Xavi Over Transfer to Barcelona, Media Says

© AP Photo / Jon SuperManchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England, Monday, Dec. 27, 2021
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England, Monday, Dec. 27, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.12.2021
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The Portuguese striker has returned to Old Trafford 12 years after his departure in what was widely seen as one of the most dramatic transfers in football history, only paling to Lionel Messi's departure from Barcelona. Ronaldo was tipped to retire as a United player and begin his managerial career at the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy at Manchester United and wants to leave to join Barcelona, the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo has reported, citing its sources. According to the outlet, the 36-year-old has contacted Barcelona manager Xavi via defender Gerard Pique.

Ronaldo is frustrated with the Red Devils' performance this season and doesn't have trust in the club's interim manager Ralf Rangnick, the newspaper writes. The athlete knows that Barcelona, which is undergoing changes under Xavi, is looking for a goalscorer. Barcelona's coach, who knows Ronaldo very well as the two faced each other when the Portuguese star was playing for Real Madrid, asked the forward whether he is clear about the positional play, Mundo Deportivo reports.

According to the newspaper, the athlete's agent Jorge Mendes has even begun discussing the terms of the potential deal with Barcelona’s new president Joan Laporta. Gerard Pique has reportedly contacted Lionel Messi to ask whether he will be willing to rent out his mansion in Catalonia to his sports nemesis.

It should be noted that one has to take this news with a grain of salt as rumours about Ronaldo potentially moving to other clubs have been circulating nonstop ever since he made himself a household name. Media outlets continued to speculate about him when he played for United (in the noughties), Real Madrid, and Juventus.
But if the report by Mundo Deportivo turns out to be true, then he will join the list of football "traitors", who joined rival football clubs – Johan Cruyff, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo Nazario, and Luis Figo. The latter joined Real Madrid from Barcelona. He didn't take corners whenever Los Blancos played at Camp Nou as Barcelona fans threw all kinds of missiles – lighters, bottles, beer cups, and even oranges – at him.
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