Real Madrid: 3 things that could prevent a Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo by ISABELLA BONOTTO/AFP via Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s wages

This issue was mentioned in the previous slide, because it does impact Real Madrid’s ability to go after Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe. If they have a choice between Haaland and Ronaldo, for example, the club should choose the Borussia Dortmund striker.

Even if they can conceivably sign both Haaland and Ronaldo, the latter’s wages will still weigh on the team’s mind. Let’s say Real successfully sign Haaland from Dortmund or Mbappe from PSG. They have limited funds left over that they can either save for another big transfer in 2022 or they can use that money to fortify weak spots in defense and midfield. The team does have depth question marks, as we saw this season when a rash of injuries struck.

If they use that money on Ronaldo’s wages, then they could be in serious trouble. Because if they do sign Haaland or Mbappe, they simply won’t have any money left over to afford Ronaldo. Even if he is willing to take a paycut from the salary he makes with Juventus, which is inflated by Italy’s considerably reduced taxes for footballers coming from other countries, Real Madrid probably still can’t afford him.

Nobody is questioning Ronaldo’s ability to score goals and help this team. But in comparison to what Haaland or Mbappe can do, is it worth it for Real to spend around 30 million euros on Ronaldo alone? It seems like the team does not think so right now.