For North American professional soccer fans, it’s a tantalizing flip.
Just a few months after telling British talk show host Jonathan Ross that he didn’t see himself moving on to the U.S. or the Middle East to end his career, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped this bombshell in a GQ magazine “Body Issue” cover story:
“Maybe in the future will be a good chance for me to play there [in the U.S.].”
The interview would have been conducted around the same time as the Ross appearance. Among those pondering today the idea of Ronaldo in an MLS team uniform, say at age 33 following the 2018 World Cup, are ESPN FC’s Janusz Michallik and Stuart Holden. Holden notes that if Ronaldo came over – at around the same age as David Beckham – he would be in more formidable physical shape.
A slightly different take this morning can be found at website Dream Team FC. Their lede reads:
Life must be worse than we thought for Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
He’s considering the footballing equivalent of giving up the day job and taking a few shifts at his local library.
The GQ cover story will post online next week. Earlier this month, it was Lionel Messi’s turn to win the FIFA Ballon D’Or, an annual award given to the world’s best male soccer player. Since 2008, the trophy has gone to either FC Barcelona’s Messi or Ronaldo.