• Cristiano Ronaldo is currently without a club
  • His World Cup campaign ended with Portugal's elimination in the quarter-final
  • Ronaldo did not start for Portugal in the knockout stages

Cristiano Ronaldo has been training at his former club Real Madrid's training base as he prepares for a new chapter in his career.

Ronaldo recently parted ways with Manchester United on mutual consent. The Portuguese forward's second stint with the Red Devils came to an early end after his controversial interview with Piers Morgan. The player criticized the club and head coach Erik ten Hag in the interview. Ronaldo went to the extent of saying he "did not respect" Ten Hag.

The news about Ronaldo's exit from Old Trafford broke just two days prior to Portugal's opening game in the Qatar World Cup.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who played for Real Madrid for nine seasons between 2009 and 2018 and shares a fine bond with the La Liga club, will continue to train at Real Madrid's Valdebebas complex until his future is decided, reported

Ronaldo was in the middle of several controversies even in the World Cup before Portugal's quarter-final defeat to Morocco, in which the player did not start.

Ronaldo started in Portugal's all three group games. In the final fixture of the group stage, Ronaldo appeared to have reacted angrily when he was substituted against South Korea, a game that Portugal ended up losing.

There were also rumors that when Portugal head coach Fernando Santos informed Ronaldo he would not start in their last-16 fixture against Switzerland, the former Real Madrid star threatened to leave the camp. However, the Portuguese Football Federation rubbished these reports.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo's replacement, Goncalo Ramos, went on to register this World Cup's first hat-trick as Portugal thrashed the Swiss side 6-1.

The World Cup in Qatar was believed to be Ronaldo's final attempt at the coveted trophy, but he came off the bench in the quarter-final too and could not prevent Portugal's 1-0 defeat against Morocco.

By choosing to train at Real's facility rather than taking a break following Portugal's heartbreaking exit from the World Cup, Ronaldo has given a strong indication that he is looking forward to joining a new club at the earliest.

Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) said he has "no respect" for Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

Ronaldo, who'll be available to join any club for free in the January transfer window, is heavily linked with a move to Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr. The Saudi club has offered a two-year lucrative deal, which would see the former Manchester United star earn $209 million per year.