• Ronaldo joined Man Utd in the 2021 summer
  • He is contracted with Man Utd until 2023
  • Ronaldo has netted 18 competitive goals this season

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly could leave Manchester United at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Ronaldo, who made a sensational return to Old Trafford last summer from Juventus, has a contract with the Red Devils until June 2023 with an option to extend.

However, Manchester United are expecting Ronaldo to leave in the summer. The Red Devils are also preparing to let the Portuguese star leave as a free agent, reported Football Insider. However, International Business Times, could not verify it independently.

The report has also claimed that Porto FC are planning to lure Ronaldo back to his homeland. Ronaldo started off his professional soccer career in Portugal at Lisbon-based club Sporting. From there on, he moved to Manchester United, where he won his maiden Champions League, along with several other trophies, and the rest is history.

Over the years, Ronaldo has established himself as one of the best players in the history of the sport, having scored over 800 career goals across club and country. Despite playing in the struggling Manchester United side and also clearly being passed his peak, the veteran forward has still netted 18 competitive goals this season.

To make Ronaldo’s departure smooth, Manchester United are willing to let him go for free as it would get rid of the player’s mammoth wages. Ronaldo currently earns over $33 million a year, which is around $670,000-a-week, according to Spotrac.

Manchester United are exploring other options to strengthen their attack and the club is still interested in drafting Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, according to ESPN.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, is not believed to be considering moving away from European soccer at this stage of his career.

There have been rumors that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) could be an option for the 37-year-old forward, according to SportMole.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on March 12, 2022 in Manchester, England. Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Manchester United, who don’t even place a permanent manager in place yet, are not having the best of the season. They have been eliminated from the Champions League and are not even in the title race in the Premier League.

After 29 matches, the Manchester club is placed sixth in the league table with 50 points, four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. Moreover, the Emirates side still has a game in hand.

The international break has ended and the Red Devils are gearing up to host Leicester City in a crucial league game at home on Saturday.