Update: July 4th: 10:52AM EST — Lothar Matthäus says Ronaldo signing would be sexy
In an interview with Sky (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), former Bayern Munich great Lothar Matthäus said that a move for Cristiano Ronaldo would be “sexy.”
“Of course, it wouldn’t be a transfer with a view to the future. He’s 37 and would always make headlines. I’m also not sure whether he fits into Bayern’s system. But he’s still an outstanding goal scorer. He’s one of the best strikers of all time and would certainly score around 30 goals. Refinancing through shirt sales and things like that would be guaranteed,” said Matthäus. “Ronaldo to Bayern would be sexy. You should at least think through the options. If Bayern think Cristiano is still physically able to really help for a year or two and that they can invest the Lewandowski fee more or less on Ronaldo, then I would consider it.”
Update: July 4th, 8:30AM EST — Brazzo denies Ronaldo interest in response to impromptu fan question
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić had a brief response of “No” when approached by a fan on the street regarding the likelihood of the club pursuing Cristiano Ronaldo.
The original source of the video is apparently a person on Tik-Tok (@mamadou_b19):
Update: July 3rd, 9:00AM EST — Mr. “True/Not True” is ready to rule out a Ronaldo move
Sport Bild’s Christian Falk is not going anywhere near as far as Fabrizio Romano is in humoring this rumor. The German journalist jumped into the fray to say that the Bavarians are not interested in Cristiano Ronaldo;
Update: July 2nd, 9:00PM EST — Mr. “Here We Go” is not ready to rule anything out just yet
Transfer maven Fabrizio Romano said that Bayern Munich’s last communication with Cristiano Ronaldo’s camp was to indicate the club did not have interest in the Manchester United man (which we already knew).
However, Romano did say that if Lewandowski is sold, maybe things could change regarding Bayern Munich’s stance on Ronaldo:
️ @FabrizioRomano: "The last contact between Bayern and Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes was 7-10 days ago, with Bayern saying: 'no, we're not signing a 37-year old player' - Now maybe things could change. Let's see what happens if Lewandowski leaves to join Barcelona" pic.twitter.com/hDFIw9qMAJ— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 2, 2022
Update: July 2nd, 5:00PM EST — Another source confirms Bayern’s interest in Ronaldo
According to RMC Sport, Bayern Munich is, indeed, interested in Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. The French outlet went on to say that Napoli and Chelsea FC are also interested in Ronaldo is well:
According to our information, Chelsea have taken information on the player’s situation, which is also of interest to Bayern Munich and Napoli.
Chelsea seems to be in the mix for everyone these days, while this would be a big splurge for Napoli. Both sides, however, can offer Ronaldo what he wants — Champions League play.
However, journalist Duncan Castles of The Times is reporting that the Bavarians could still be in the mix for the Portuguese star if the club ultimately sells Robert Lewandowski this summer.
The report (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), says that while Bayern Munich has — allegedly — placed any pursuit of Ronaldo “on hold”, a sale of Lewandowski would instantly ignite interest in the 37-year-old star:
Cristiano Ronaldo has asked to be allowed to leave Manchester United should the club receive a satisfactory offer. Bayern Munich are understood to have placed a hold on their interest in Ronaldo until Robert Lewandowski’s sale has been agreed.
So, what can Bayern Munich offer Ronaldo that some other clubs cannot? A realistic shot at Champions League glory:
Ronaldo is driven by a desire to play in the Champions League. He believes he has “three or four years” left at the highest level and would like to spend them at a club where he is capable of adding to his team and individual achievements.
This rumor comes on the heels of a pretty strong report last week, which detailed exactly why Bayern Munich would shy away from acquiring Ronaldo.
Reasons Bayern decided against signing Cristiano Ronaldo:— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) June 24, 2022
• Keeping a healthy wage structure within the team (CR7 earns ~ €30m net)
• Age: 37 years old
• Bayern want pressing players/willing to run
• Young coach - healthy dressing room relations
So...how should Bayern Munich fans react to this latest news? Let’s take a look at some options:
1 - You can assume this is nonsense and move on.
2 - You can believe that Bayern Munich released last week’s narrative on why it would spurn Ronaldo to throw some cold water on their secret plans that somehow leaked out. Perhaps the club really does want Ronaldo, but only on the condition that Lewandowski is sold?
There is not much in-between here. What do you think?
Do you believe that Bayern Munich will actually pursue Cristiano Ronaldo if Robert Lewandowski is sold?
This poll is closed
Yes - I’m a Ronaldo fanboy and have a tattoo of him on my lower back to show my love for the GOAT.
Yes - It seems logical and he can probably be had for a reasonable fee. He would at least be the focal point for what would be a dangerous Bayern attacking unit.
No - This is utter nonsense.
No - Ronaldo is still a star, but is just not a fit for Bayern Munich at this point in his career.