Last summer, the 37-year-old Portugal forward returned to Old Trafford from Juventus.
While he was United’s top scorer last season – and third in the Premier League – the overall season was viewed as a major disappointment.
United finished sixth in the Premier League, preventing them from qualifying for the Champions League.
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It is not something he looks forward to, and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner believes there may be more appealing options available to him at this point in his career.
The former Real Madrid forward is quick to point out that he respects United, but as he nears the end of his career, he wants to compete for the biggest prizes.
United have yet to comment on Ronaldo’s future, though sources have previously stated that the Portuguese man will remain at Old Trafford next season.
While losing one of United’s greatest players would be a blow to the club’s reputation, it would also solve a few problems for new manager Erik ten Hag.
Cristiano Ronaldo told Man United he wants to leave this summer as he wants to see more ambition. Man Utd are still hopeful of keeping CR7, but aware of decision. 🚨🇵🇹 #Ronaldo
Cristiano has no agreement with any other club. Mendes explored options for weeks and will continue. pic.twitter.com/VRji13zrz0
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 2, 2022
Last season, Ronaldo clashed with Harry Maguire over the captaincy, and interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s desire to implement a pressing game was thwarted by Ronaldo’s refusal to fit into such a system.
Although Ten Hag has stated that he is excited to work with Ronaldo, it is unclear how the forward’s playing style would mesh with the Dutchman.
Furthermore, Ronaldo is the highest-paid player in the Premier League, and his departure would free up space in United’s summer transfer budget.
Ronaldo is set to return to the club this week for pre-season training. He is expected to join them on their pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia.