Cristiano Ronaldo on Atletico Madrid ‘makes no sense’ – Shaka Hislop | Soccer

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Cristiano Ronaldo played against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last season (Image: Getty)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s possible move from Manchester United to Atletico Madrid “makes no sense at all”, according to expert Shaka Hislop.

Ronaldo is on his way back to the UK to discuss his future with United. The 37-year-old wants to leave the club after just one season at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo is yet to return to pre-season training for “family reasons” as he misses the United States’ tour of Asia and Australia in preparation for the new 2022-23 season.

United claim Ronaldo is not for sale despite his efforts to find a new club.

Chelsea, PSG, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are among the clubs that have been offered the chance to sign him – with none of those sides willing to make a deal – and Atletico are the latest club to be linked with the Portugal international becomes.

Former goalkeeper and current pundit Hislop believes a move from Ronaldo to Atletico wouldn’t make sense given his ties to Real, previous rows with Diego Simeone and the fact that he doesn’t suit the club’s intense style of football.

“Atletico Madrid of all places? That makes the least sense to me,” Hislop told ESPN FC.

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Cristiano Ronaldo spent nine years at Real Madrid from 2009 to 2018 (Image: Getty)

“Of all the clubs in world football that can afford Cristiano Ronaldo – and let’s face it, there are only a handful – Atletico makes no sense at all.

‘That makes no sense. Not just because of his time at Real, but because of his own personal history with that club.

“I’m sure the Atleti fans will embrace him and adopt him when he becomes one of theirs and especially when he starts scoring goals, but at the moment they have protests against it.

“You can understand why. But football is a volatile game. Football fandom even more. But I still don’t understand how that makes sense.’

When asked how Ronaldo would fit into Simeone’s system at Atletico, Hislop added: “Diego Simeone would have to make an exception for Cristiano Ronaldo.

“He doesn’t have the legs. They put him in the 18-yard box as a striker. You can’t ask for anything else at his age.”

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