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Cristiano Ronaldo gets reality check as Real Madrid respond to transfer plea

Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to leave Al-Nassr but his attempts to return to Real Madrid in a bid to return to Spain have been turned down, it has been claimed.

Al-Nassr have seen their lead at the top of the league slip away in recent weeks after Ronaldo completed a move to the club in January. They now languish three points off league leaders Al-Ittihad, who also have a game in hand.

The arrival of the Portuguese forward – in a world record deal worth £173m per year – hiked up the expectations in Riyadh.

Ronaldo has scored 12 league goals in 15 matches for his new side, but it has also coincided with a decline in results as Al-Nassr lost top spot and were eliminated from the Saudi Arabian Cup.

Ronaldo has scored just a goal in his most recent four appearances for the Saudi Arabian club and has failed to find the net in six of his last nine games.

There has been a downturn in his goal return recently which has coincided with the club being able to find solutions around that.

A report in El Nacional has claimed that he is desperate to leave Riyadh after only four months. Also, he and his partner Georgina Rodriguez are both keen to return to Madrid – the city in which they met.

Ronaldo’s first choice option was a return to Real Madrid – where he bagged 450 goals in 438 first-team appearances – but this was rejected by club president Florentino Perez, who does not see him as benefiting the club’s sporting project.

But, it has been claimed that Perez has offered Ronaldo an ambassadorial role at Madrid when he hangs up his boots – something that he has not yet decided to do.

Ronaldo was also offered to Atletico Madrid, but despite this tempting manager Diego Simeone, the club decided against the move due to the strong feeling among the club’s fanbase.

Ronaldo left Manchester United in November after his interview with Piers Morgan, which resulted in him leaving the club by mutual consent.

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