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Cristiano Ronaldo should join Chelsea, says Paul Merson

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Aug-16 10:32 first published at 10:32 AM


Paul Merson, an Arsenal legend and Chelsea fan, believes Thomas Tuchel’s side should make a bid for Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the coming days. Loading Video Unavailable video Erik ten Hag discusses Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man United behavior. Chelsea should try to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United before the transfer window closes on September 1, according to Paul Merson. Ronaldo, 37, wants to leave Manchester United this summer to play in the Champions League. After finishing third in the Premier League last season, the Blues, who won the competition in 2021, can provide that. In contrast, United struggled to the finish line, finishing sixth and qualifying for the Europa League. Chelsea expressed interest in Ronaldo earlier this summer but never made a move, with Thomas Tuchel dismissing rumors. Merson, an Arsenal legend and Blues fan, is urging his boyhood club to reconsider their stance in the coming days. “Chelsea were outstanding against Tottenham on Sunday, they dominated the match from start to finish, but they don’t have a goalscorer or a centre-forward, and that cost them three points,” Merson said after a tense 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. “Despite their dominance, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris only made one save.” That tells you everything you need to know. I cannot believe they did not or have not pursued Cristiano Ronaldo. “He simply checks all of the boxes that Chelsea are missing.” Playing for Chelsea is not like playing for Manchester United, who are working from the halfway line. Chelsea are on the edge of the box, dominating games. Chelsea have unbelievable wing-backs, they dominate football matches, if they were putting the ball into the box for Ronaldo I would dread to think how many goals he could score.”

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Do you think Cristiano Ronaldo should join Chelsea? Let us know in the comments below! A last-minute Harry Kane header denied Chelsea all three points against Tottenham on Sunday. The game finished 2-2, despite the Blues having six more shots than Spurs. Tellingly, the hosts only found the target three times in 16 attempts. Ronaldo is the greatest goalscorer in history, finding the net 450 times in just 438 games for Real Madrid. He needs just two more goals at club level to reach 700 and is the highest scorer of all time in men’s international football, scoring 117 goals for Portugal. Despite his advancing years, Ronaldo is still delivering the goods at club level. He netted 24 goals for United last season, nine more than Chelsea’s top scorer, Romelu Lukaku. It’s also important to note that Lukaku re-joined Inter Milan on loan earlier this summer. Yet there are question marks over what Ronaldo brings the team, bar goals. According to a study in February, the Portuguese superstar covered the least amount of ground and produced the least amount of tackles in comparison to United’s other forwards. When asked if he’s interested in Ronaldo in July, Tuchel – who employs a high-intensity, high-pressing philosophy – said: “He’s a fantastic player for another fantastic club in the Premier League but out of respect we don’t comment on these players because we don’t like other coaches to speak about our players.” Ronaldo is one of the most decorated players of all time, winning seven league titles and five Champions Leagues. He’s also won the Ballon d’Or five times and was part of Portugal’s victorious Euro 2016 squad, beating hosts France 1-0 in the Parisian final. Read More
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