Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo says nothing impossible amid exit report

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has told reporters that “nothing is impossible” following a Portuguese media story claiming he could be the subject of an €180 million bid this summer.

Ronaldo is considered the leading contender to win the 2017 Ballon d’Or after his double strike in last weekend’s 4-1 Champions League final victory over Juventus, crowning what has been an outstanding end to the campaign which brought 16 goals in the last 10 games as Madrid also sealed a first La Liga title since 2012.

A Bola then claimed on its cover this week that “clubs like Manchester United, Monaco or Paris Saint-Germain” plus “the multi-millionaires in Chinese football” were preparing “astronomical offers worth €180 million” to convince Madrid to sell the Portugal captain this summer.

Asked about the story before flying to Lithuania for Portugal’s 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday, the 32-year-old replied that “nothing was impossible” as he disappeared inside the airport.

Ronaldo signed a new contract tying him to the Bernabeu until 2021 last November and said at the time that he would then have one more contract left in his career.

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Ahead of the Champions League final in Cardiff he told Spanish TV that he still aimed to play for Madrid for another decade.

In January Blancos president Florentino Perez denied a claim made by Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes that a Chinese club had made a €300m offer for the former United and Sporting Lisbon winger.

Mendes had said that an unnamed Chinese club had contacted both club and player — putting on the table the huge transfer fee as well as a more than €100m-per-year salary, but the offer had been rejected as “money is not everything” for his client.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan