Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was caught on camera holding back tears ahead of their World Cup clash against Ghana, but fans haven’t been too sympathetic.
Ronaldo was recently made a free agent after his contract with Manchester United was terminated, making him only the second player in World Cup history to be without a club. Ronaldo has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer for some time given his age, and fans are convinced it could finally happen after leaving United.
Although Ronaldo was keen to give an unsanctioned interview to Piers Morgan, which effectively led to his contract termination, he was still an emotional figure as he finally lined up to do what he does best – play ball. But some fans have mocked him, joking that his tears are because he is soon to be heading to MLS.
Ronaldo has been linked with a move to the United States for some time, and would undoubtedly be the greatest player to ever grace the league. Legends such as David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Kaka and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have played in MLS, with former team-mate Gareth Bale now a MLS Cup champion with Los Angeles FC.
But Inter Miami have shown the most interest in Ronaldo, with the club owned by Beckham, and with former United team-mate Phil Neville in charge. Ronaldo is free to sign for any team now he is a free agent, and Miami are still looking for a new designated player after Gonzalo Higuain retired.
However, fans have used the links to mock Ronaldo, and even take a swipe at Neville. Upon seeing Ronaldo with tears in his eyes, one Twitter user posted a picture of the image, and wrote: “When you realise you might be managed by Phil Neville next season.”
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