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Cristiano Ronaldo makes 'irreversible decision to leave Real Madrid'

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Economic issues is not the problem for the 33-year-old forward but a lack of recognition, leaving Ronaldo to look at Serie A, Ligue 1 or the Premier League as his potential destinations.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor does not consider a move outside of the Europe to be an option at this point, the source made clear - ruling out the possibility of the 33-year-old moving to MLS, the Middle East, China or Japan.

Ronaldo has had a least a share of the Champions League scoring title in six straight seasons, and said as much after the win in the Champions League final as part of his brewing frustration. Frustration over stalled contract talks is at the root of things, but the sentiment of deciding his future "in the next few days" has now stretched a couple weeks. "It was lovely to be at Real Madrid", the Portugal forward had told television network beIN Sports after the game.

"Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't own Real Madrid, if the president chooses - anyone can be there", said Marcelo. Portuguese newspaper A Bola had reported that the forward wanted to leave the club as he was not happy with how he had been treated by Real.

According to another report, Ronaldo became more unhappy after his agent Jorge Mendes met with the club on Wednesday.

Ronaldo felt he deserved a pay rise, especially having seen Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar sign deals earning far more.

If they get a chance to sign either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale this summer, Manchester United would rather sign Bale.

Ronaldo is said to have suggested this following last month's Champions League final which his team Real Madrid won. If Cristiano stays, does that mean that Neymar can't come?

Ronaldo, who hit 15 goals in Real's Champions League-winning campaign after a slow start, starred during Portugal's 3-0 win over Algeria in their pre-World Cup warm-up in Lisbon on June 7.