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'Cristiano Ronaldo Will Play At Sporting CP Next Year'

'Cristiano Ronaldo Will Play At Sporting CP Next Year'

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make a sensational return to boyhood club Sporting CP.

Josh Lawless

Josh Lawless

Cristiano Ronaldo is poised to make a sensational return to Sporting CP in the summer.

Recent reports say that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner wants to make an emotional return to his boyhood club, finishing his career by spending his final two years back home.

The talk was that Ronaldo had planned to stay at Juventus until his contract expires in 2022 before making his last career move.

Image: PA
Image: PA

However, his mother Dolores Aveiro claims she will be able to convince him to rejoin Sporting even sooner.

Sporting have just won their first title for 19 years and in the celebrations, Dolores made the revelation.

"I'm going to go to Turin and speak to him. Next year he will play in Alvalade, I'll convince him and he will return," she said in a video filmed by a fan.

Ronaldo congratulated his former employers on the triumph and it's been reported that he recently bought a penthouse in the Lisbon area.

Ronaldo joined Sporting as a 12-year-old and after progressing through the youth ranks, he went on to make 31 first-team appearances for the club before Manchester United snapped him up for £12.24 million after seeing him dazzle in a 2003 friendly.

The 36-year-old still has a special love for Sporting and in 2019, the club's president, Frederico Varandas, talked up the possibility of renaming their stadium after him.

"It's a theory we will not shelve and obviously we'd be very proud to have his name associated with us," Varandas told Tuttosport, as per Football Italia.

"Cristiano is and always will be one of the greatest symbols in the history of our club. We're already keeping his values on the walls of the youth academy, focusing on passion, sacrifice, discipline, leadership and determination. Cristiano is certainly the best Portuguese player of all time and one of the best athletes in the history of the sport."

Despite Juventus' domestic dominance coming to an end, Ronaldo has scored 28 goals in 32 Serie A appearances this season and recently scored his 100th goal for the club.

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Topics: Sporting CP, Portugal, Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid