Real Madrid return for Cristiano Ronaldo on cards, (c) Juventus Twitter.

At what ideal cost must Real Madrid re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo?

Real Madrid have been linked with a second transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, but it is unlikely that the bank will be broken this time around.

Despite completing a lucrative transfer for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, Juventus have not performed any differently than in the previous years. The Bianconeri only managed to win 2 successive Serie A titles with the Portuguese in their roster and have been the subject of three back-to-back premature Champions League eliminations.

Having been defeated by Ajax Amsterdam, Olympique Lyon and Porto, it is fair to say that Juve are not reaping the main benefit of Ronaldo- his differential ability in the European Cup. To make matters worse, they are not even on track to win the Scudetto this season, a trophy which has not evaded them since nine years but sizeably trail Inter Milan in the table.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Juventus have realised that Cristiano Ronaldo is slowly turning into a financial liability upon them with his wages. Moreover, the player himself seems discontent at the Allianz Stadium and reportedly considers leaving this summer. A return to Real Madrid is being lined up on the cards at the end of the ongoing season.

Real Madrid and Ronaldo seemed to be a match made in heaven, and both have had their downs since parting ways. Emilio Butragueno and Zinedine Zidane were already quizzed on his probable return to Spain, and although they remained coy on any such possibilities, the director and manager, both refused to entirely rule it out, as did Juve boss Andrea Pirlo.

However, it is likely to be so that Madrid do not pursue a return for their all-time top marksman as a priority because of their longstanding interest in Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe. Nevertheless, with talks that Juventus would allow Ronaldo to leave for free and the Portugal international would accept a pay-cut to return, matters look slightly easier.

Considering that several players are likely to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, Real Madrid may ease upon a considerable wage bill which may allow them to afford Ronaldo. The 36-year-old, if he signs, will not be in a bargaining position to ask for a sky-high wage due to his own desire to return, and that puts Real Madrid in a firm position to negotiate.

Isco and Marcelo seem the likeliest to leave, whereas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires in the summer may also move on to newer challenges. Gareth Bale is likely to be counted out of the club’s plans yet again and so a permanent move to Tottenham Hotspur beckons, whereas some more deadwood could be offloaded for financial reasons.

If the Whites do manage to offload the said players and manage to tie down Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos to new contracts with a 10% pay-cut, they would be on track to save nearly 30 million euros per year. With that sum, they would comfortably afford to hire Ronaldo, not least because he will be signed on a short-term deal on a cut-price.

While easier said than done, Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the Santiago Bernabeu looks like a genuine possibility especially with the monetary aspects being lesser of a concern. In addition to that, the club is well-aware of the profitability of Ronaldo’s image and also how influential he could be in further luring younger talent to an eventually ageing squad.

Do you think the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner will make a showbiz return to Real Madrid?