Transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo wanted in Saudi Arabia and Brazil - but not by Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty for Portugal against Ghana to become the first player ever to net in five different World Cups.
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Cristiano Ronaldo could receive offers from Saudi Arabia and Brazil after leaving Manchester United, but Real Madrid aren't interested in bringing him back. 

Ronaldo’s Old Trafford contract was terminated this week in the wake of his explosive interview with Piers Morgan. (opens in new tab)

According to Sky Sports (opens in new tab), Saudi side Al-Hilal are “exploring a deal” for Ronaldo and would be willing to sell striker Odion Ighalo to pave the way for a move. 

It isn’t the first time Ronaldo has been linked with Saudi Arabia.

He reportedly received an offer worth £305 million from the country over the summer, which Ronaldo said he turned down in the recent interview on Talk TV.

But Saudi Arabia’s sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal recently hinted that a move could be revived. 

"Who wouldn't want him to play in their league?" he said to Sky News.

"He's a role model to a lot of young players - him and Messi."

Another club showing interest in the 37-year-old is Brazilian side Flamengo, according to Veja. (opens in new tab)

The Copa Libertadores champions are looking into a deal to sign Ronaldo for three months so he can participate in the FIFA Club World Cup, but negotiations are yet to begin.  

Another option that has been mentioned in recent media reports (opens in new tab) is a return to Real Madrid, but AS (opens in new tab) writes that the Spanish giants have ruled out the possibility.

They say that Ronaldo won’t go back to his former club and he isn’t being considered as part of the club’s plans. 

Ronaldo is currently in Qatar captaining Portugal’s World Cup campaign. (opens in new tab)

He scored a penalty in their 3-2 opening win over Ghana on Thursday, becoming the first men’s player to score in five World Cups. (opens in new tab)

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