The benefits and drawbacks of Chelsea signing Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Chelsea transfer speculation has now passed the heating stage and firmly reached boiling point. Whilst one of the greatest players ever to grace the game of football is currently linked, there are a multitude of other viable rumours circulating at present. We all know there is a preferred wishlist of targets, coupled with an apparent war chest containing £200million for signings. The budget could also be boosted or cemented by offloading unwanted or replaceable personnel. Hakim Ziyech is a star now likely to leave Stamford Bridge, as he is said to have handed in a transfer request.

The hierarchy of CFC has also been altered dramatically, with many important people moving and joining. Blues legend along with existing football and performance advisor, Petr Cech, is another person considering his position. Chels’ supporters would surely wish for Cech to remain on Fulham Road, but he is mulling a decision. Nizaar Kinsella of Goal provided that information. Meanwhile Kinsella suggested prior that Romelu Lukaku’s Inter Milan switch could be completed by this coming Wednesday. When Lukaku goes another main man is needed, and they don’t come any more preeminent, in blockbuster form or with extra self-importance than Cristiano Ronaldo!

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Credible sources claim Chelsea considering Cristiano Ronaldo amid agent contact

Pride of London will now discuss the claim, from credible journalistic sources, that Chelsea are considering a bid for Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo. His agent and CFC chairman Todd Boehly had a meeting concerning the athlete, state reports.

Due to Ronaldo having only one year remaining on his deal, teams such as Bayern Munich are circling. Or possibly the Red Devils player’s representatives are testing the lucrative water of potential suitors. Irrespective of the motive for discussions, it appears the former Real Madrid forward will not join the West London outfit. Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes requested a meeting with Boehly, who merely attended ‘out of courtesy‘.

The Ronaldo show would inevitably force its way toward the Bridge, whether fans wanted it or not. Portugal’s icon would be the star of the Bridge, for better or worse at the ripe old age of 37. He was born the year after me – so I can make that last statement.

All joking aside, there was a time – well, any era since Didier Drogba left – when the contemporary Ronaldo incarnation would have been the perfect speedy, strong and clinical striker for the Blues. Now it feels like the task may be too much for the attacker. Bridging the gap between Chels’, Manchester City and Liverpool might take more or someone different.

Although there were glimpses of his youthful brilliance in 2021/22, ‘CR7’ simply isn’t the same player he once was. Nobody could be expected to still consistently perform at the level he did throughout his career. That productivity was often at an unfathomable standard with regards to goals, assists, trophy attaining, as well as overall influence.

I foresee a similar issue to the Lukaku problem in this hypothetical incoming: Thomas Tuchel’s pressing system does not suit Ronaldo in exactly the same sense. Style-wise, a terrier who possesses ability is the German’s requirement. A younger Jamie Vardy-type is the design I think would gel tremendously. Obviously I’m not suggesting Vardy because he is also a veteran.

Having said all this, if Chelsea surprisingly decide to actively pursue the Man United man, he may be a revelation for the Blues. He still has the capacity to change and positively impact any match. And would perhaps score 25+ tap-ins and long-range efforts via prospective excellent facilitating from Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount etcetera. Incidentally, Ronaldo produced 27 goal involvements for Utd last season.

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Profit from merchandise revenue would definitely be enormous. Therefore benefits materialise even if an acquisition like this underperformed, regardless of extortionate wages. A main drawback is that a promising centreforward, Armando Broja for example, wouldn’t be afforded his chance to showcase his talents or develop. Yet having the superstar to learn from may help Broja’s growth.