Cristiano Ronaldo will not join Sporting CP despite his mother’s best efforts to convince the Juventus forward to return to the club, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.
Ronaldo has gone on to become one of the all-time greats since leaving Sporting to join Manchester United for £12.24million as a teenager in 2003.
The Portugal captain was a revelation at Real Madrid after leaving the Red Devils in 2009, breaking the LaLiga giants’ all-time scoring record with a staggering tally of 450 goals.
Ronaldo joined Juventus three years ago and, with his contract due to expire in 2022, the 36-year-old’s future has been the subject of speculation as Andrea Pirlo’s side are in danger of missing out on Champions League football next season.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s mother, Dolores, hopes her son can help Sporting add further honours after sealing their first Primeira Liga title in 19 years.
“I will talk to him and try to convince him to return next year,” she was filmed saying by TVI 24. “To the Alvalade Stadium and to wear the colours of Sporting.”
Don’t stop here! pic.twitter.com/aVf3G2VC1H
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 13, 2021
However, Mendes has poured cold water on the speculation and said Ronaldo has no plans to return to his homeland just yet.
“Cristiano is proud of the title won by Sporting, as he has publicly demonstrated,” Mendes told Record. “But at the moment his career plans do not go through Portugal.”
Ronaldo scored his 100th Juve goal in a 3-1 Serie A victory at Sassuolo on Wednesday.