Report: Cristiano Ronaldo Currently Planning to Join MLS in 2018

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly considering coming to MLS in three years.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly considering coming to MLS in three years. –AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza

Could another one of the world’s biggest soccer stars be bringing his talents to the United States?

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo currently plans to join Major League Soccer in 2018 after his contract expires, according to SI.com’s Grant Wahl. Citing multiple unnamed sources, Wahl reports that Ronaldo would be interested in playing for MLS clubs in Los Angeles, Miami, or New York.

Ronaldo’s agent previously floated the possibility that he would jump to MLS back in January, telling a French news outlet that the 30-year-old could set his sights on North America when his deal with Real Madrid was up.

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“After that, perhaps he will go to the United States. Only God knows what will happen,’’ agent Jorge Mendes told French outlet Telefoot, via MLSSoccer.com.

A three-time Ballon d’Or winner as the world’s top footballer, Ronaldo has played for Real Madrid since 2009, leading them to the UEFA Champions League title in 2014. He spent the six previous years with Manchester United before a $132 million move to Spain.

Ronaldo has also made 118 appearances with the Portuguese national team, scoring 52 goals. He’s tallied three goals in World Cup play, but since falling to France in the 2006 semifinals, Ronaldo’s Portuguese squads haven’t advanced further than the Round of 16.

Ronaldo would join a list of superstars that moved to MLS later in their careers, including David Beckham, Thierry Henry, David Villa, and Kaka.

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