Keep a look at Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s Instagram account anytime and you’re likely to see photos and videos of the 37-year-old training and toning his physique while wearing minimal clothing.
This week was no different as the Portugal captain posted a picture of himself with flexed biceps and a shiny torso as he put in “HARD WORK” at the gym, preparing himself and his body for the rigors of a new season – the 21st of his professional ones Career.
With just three weeks to go before the start of the new Premier League season, it remains unclear where Ronaldo plans to play next season since he recently expressed a desire to leave Manchester United. Sources have told ESPN that the forward is reluctant to sign another year at Old Trafford due to mounting frustration with the club’s transfer activity and a strong desire to play in the Champions League.
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Chelsea have been considered as a potential target and Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes even met with the club’s new chairman Todd Boehly to discuss the matter. However, the notion was scrapped when Boehly Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel made the proposal, which handed Ronaldo over in favor of other attacking options – namely Raheem Sterling.
Sources also told ESPN that Ronaldo has turned down a hugely lucrative offer from an unnamed Saudi Arabian club said to be worth €275m in salaries over the next two seasons – a deal that would have made him the highest-paid player in the world.
Ronaldo is yet to speak publicly on the matter and his future remains up in the air as we get closer to the start of the 2022-23 season. United fans desperate for cryptic clues may have found a hidden one in his latest Instagram post.
What at first glance looks like a run-of-the-mill training picture also shows Ronaldo wearing what could be a very conscious choice of attire – his Manchester United shorts. Granted, they’re last season’s black, blue and yellow training shorts 2021-22, but they’re United shorts nonetheless.
He’s wearing United shorts! It’s a hint 👀 pic.twitter.com/09PujVM0Tl
— Ronaldo🔴GOAT🔴 (@Ronny_GOAT) July 14, 2022
He is wearing United shorts pic.twitter.com/ftYLfH3dQD
— RonaldoFan7 (@ManUtdRonaldo7) July 14, 2022
Others expressed concern about his decision to roll up his shorts just high enough to hide the United club crest.
Yes, but he rolled them up for some reason, lmao
— Paul (@PauIUtd) July 15, 2022
While others took the time to point out that Ronaldo is technically still under contract at United, It would be strange to see him in another club’s attire State of things.
Why is everyone so gassed that Ronaldo wears Man UTD shorts in his Twitter post, what else is he supposed to wear Liverpool shorts?
— LocalMUFC (@LocalMUFC) July 14, 2022
The rest of the United squad is in Australia where they faced A-League side Melbourne Victory in the second game of their global preseason tour.
In the second game of Erik ten Hag’s reign, United scored four goals as they beat their Australian hosts 4-1 in Bangkok just three days after beating Liverpool 4-0.
The fact that their star is on the other side of the world, busily working lonely at his home gym, hardly bodes well for those lobbying him to stay with the club for next season.
But until he breaks his silence and confirms his plans one way or another, fans will have to scour his social media output for any clues.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/blog-the-toe-poke/story/4701198/man-united-fans-think-ronaldos-instagram-workout-pic-offers-hints-that-hes-staying-at-old-trafford Man United fans think Ronaldo’s Instagram workout pic offers hints that he’s staying at Old Trafford