Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister ‘likes’ Instagram post calling for him to QUIT Manchester United this summer because he ‘deserves a better team’, will win trophies elsewhere and ‘does not have to prove his love for the club’
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s fairytale season at Manchester United has not gone to plan
- United could end up playing next season in the Europa Conference League
- It’s uncertain whether the 37-year-old superstar will be in Erik ten Hag’s plans
- A fan post suggested Ronaldo should leave the club to boost his trophy chances
- Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro liked the post, which was put up on Instagram
The sister of Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has fuelled speculation over his future by liking a post suggesting he should leave the club this summer.
Ronaldo’s fairytale return to Old Trafford has not gone as hoped, with the club failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Though his individual numbers remain impressive, he has cut a frustrated figure at times during what will finish as the club’s worst ever Premier League campaign in terms of points on the board.
Cristiano Ronaldo has one year left on his Man United deal but his future remains uncertain
His sister Katia Aveiro liked a post on Instagram (above), which said he should leave the club, stating he does ‘not have to stay to show his love’ for the Red Devils, who he rejoined last year
While it currently stands that Ronaldo will remain a United player next season, there has been speculation over his future due to doubts over whether he will be in the plans of incoming manager Erik ten Hag.
In response to a fan post suggesting that Ronaldo should leave the club to boost his chances of winning trophies in the final years of his career, his sister, Katia Aveiro, appeared to support the idea by liking the post.
The Instagram post by Portuguese fan account @cr7.o_lendario, wrote: ‘It’s very sad to see Cristiano Ronaldo in this situation with this Manchester United team. Now we are without a place in the Champions League.
Aveiro (left) suggested that she agrees Ronaldo should leave by liking the social media post
‘Cristiano does not have to stand [stay] as proof of love for the club, the greatest proof of that was he returned to Manchester United having also had a proposal from Manchester City with clearly a much superior squad, coach and by recent history.
‘Cristiano has to think about Cristiano now. Manchester United will still last another thousand years. Cristiano, you have four more, five years of your career. Look for a better team now because you deserve it and because you still have a lot of football [trophies] to win.’
Aveiro, a Portuguese singer with 1.2 million followers on Instagram, suggested she supports the now deleted post by liking it.
Despite being in the latter stages of his career, Ronaldo is still playing at an incredibly high level with 24 goals scored in all competitions this season, including 18 in the Premier League.
There are doubts as to whether Ronaldo will be in the plans of incoming boss Erik ten Hag
However, there has been little to cheer from a team perspective, with United now having gone five years without a trophy.
United fans will be happy that there is only one game left of a miserable season, with the club sixth in the league on 58 points.
There is still the possibility that Ronaldo’s talents could be on display in the Europa Conference League next season, with West Ham only three points behind with a game in hand and a much superior goal difference.
Ten Hag will take over as manager this summer and will look to turn around the club’s fortunes, but it is not yet clear whether Ronaldo is in his plans.
United will finish the season trophyless and won’t play in the Champions League next season
Despite team issues, Ronaldo’s individual statistics remain impressive with 18 league goals
The 37-year-old’s contract runs until 2023, with United having the option to extend it by a further year.
When asked about Ronaldo’s future at the weekend, interim boss Ralf Rangnick said: ‘This is a question you need to ask Erik ten Hag. He’s showed that he can still be a vital part of this team, but it’s obvious the team needs some more strikers.’
Amongst others, United have been linked with moves for Tottenham frontman Harry Kane and Benfica forward Darwin Nunez, and Rangnick added: ‘There should be two or three new strikers next season, it’s pretty obvious.’