Ronaldo's mom urges return to ex-club

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Cristiano Ronaldo's mother has admitted she is trying to convince the Juventus star to return to one of his former clubs.

Ronaldo's future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks amid persistent rumours that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will leave Juventus at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old has been strongly linked with a return to either Manchester United or Real Madrid, where he is still held in high regard by both clubs' set of supporters.

However, his future may lie at another of his former clubs after his mother recently admitted she is hoping to persuade him to move back to boyhood side Sporting Lisbon.

"I will talk to him and try to convince him to return next year," she said, per TVI 24 h/t Football Italia. "To the Alvalade Stadium and to wear the colours of Sporting."

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Sporting were recently crowned 2020/21 Primeira Liga champions and, with just two matches remaining for the campaign, could complete the entire season without having suffered a defeat.

Ronaldo started his professional career with the club in 2002, when he made his senior debut as a 16-year-old before going on to score five goals in 31 appearances for the first team.

After a solitary season in Portugal's top flight, he moved to Manchester where he won the first of his five Ballon d'Or awards, before going on to enjoy even greater success at Real Madrid.

He then joined Juventus in 2018 and scored his 100th goal for the club on Wednesday night, reaching the milestone faster than any other player in the Bianconeri's history.

The Madeira-born forward still has one year remaining on his contract in Turin and is expected to see out his term, following which he will become a free agent on the market. 

Ronaldo has also been linked with a move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks, while a move to Major League Soccer also remains a possibility.

There, he has been courted by the David Beckham-owned franchise of Inter Miami, who already boast the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Blaise Matuidi and Ryan Shawcross on their books.

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