Cristiano Ronaldo: FIVE reasons why he shouldn’t leave Manchester United for Napoli

Cristiano Ronaldo has wanted to escape Manchester United all summer but the 37-year-old is now running out of time to secure a move from Old Trafford.

With the transfer window closing on Thursday, there seems to be an escape route for the former Juventus star, with reports linking him with a move back to Serie A with Napoli. Ronaldo’s advisor Jorge Mendes also talks to Sporting about a last-minute move.

Champions League club Napoli would welcome the Manchester United star as the successor to club legend Diego Maradona, but placing the player in an environmental context that is difficult to change would be very difficult and comparison to the club’s most famous player would be damaging Everyone.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a move to Napoli

He would be compared to club legend Diego Maradona

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) would have to follow in the footsteps of club legend Diego Maradona at Napoli

Maradona is like the patron saint of Naples, Januarius, and there is a risk that Ronaldo will be seen as a Judas should he betray the expectations placed on him by one of Europe’s most passionate cities.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Napoli are two opposite worlds who could hardly get along. While the striker wants a club that plays in the Champions League, Napoli aren’t the first team on the list of clubs he wants to join.

He just wants to fulfill his dream of playing in the Champions League again. Ronaldo is not a simple player, he is a star of the Hollywood world who has private jets, £500,000 watches on his wrist and a lifestyle so refined it is unique in the world.

To put such a self-centered and bulky player in the eye of a young and fresh Napoli side that has never won a league title is very difficult.

Maradona is idolized in Naples with his image appearing as a mural on many of the city's buildings

Maradona is idolized in Naples with his image appearing as a mural on many of the city’s buildings

However, Napoli fans are watching this highly interesting transfer with great excitement. They want Ronaldo to be able to dream of an outstanding attack, winning with a player who was the sole leader at Juventus for three years.

At the same time, fans are worried about how he would fundamentally change the team’s style and risk a clash with the Portuguese star, just as happened with Francesco Totti at Roma.

Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United has clashed with virtually everyone, including the media, but that attitude would be even more difficult to manage in Italy given the huge amount of media attention Naples receives, where everyone from penniless pensioners to wealthy entrepreneurs , speak football as if they’ve played 500 top-flight games.

Ronaldo can’t afford star attitude and the risk of going from god to broken flush is very high. With that in mind, here are five reasons why a move to Napoli could prove unfortunate for the Portugal international.

Ronaldo wants to leave United to play in the Champions League this season

Ronaldo wants to leave United to play in the Champions League this season

Ronaldo doesn’t fit into Napoli’s system

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti is the charismatic leader of his team and allows his players to be disciplined down to the smallest tactical detail in his formation. There are fears that trying to brush aside a figure similar to Ronaldo could create an imbalance.

The team plays from memory and the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo would destabilize the 11 men on the pitch and Spalletti’s 4-2-3-1 formation would lose pace and momentum.

Ronaldo is not an ordinary player and for this reason he needs to be protected by the coach even in training. As Ronaldo’s former Juve boss Max Allegri argued, he is a two-footed company and therefore very selfish about the world of football and the events of the team he plays for.

Ronaldo's arrival in Napoli could destabilize the balance of the Napoli side

Ronaldo’s arrival in Napoli could destabilize the balance of the Napoli side

His style of play does not involve the defensive work of others and this would harm the balance of Spalletti’s team, which has always tried to orchestrate the attacking and defending phases, even involving the most advanced players on the pitch.

However, Italian football is slower than what is played in the Premier League and Ronaldo would be even more effective than he has seen at Manchester in the last 12 months when he has scored 24 goals in 39 games.

Ronaldo is a legacy of football and a perfect organization is required around him, which Napoli as a club might not have.

The Khvicha Kvaratskhelia problem

The arrival of Ronaldo would also create a lot of problems in the team’s tactical leadership because if Victor Osimhen stayed, given the Red Devils’ purchase of Antony, it would be difficult to find a place for Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

The 21-year-old Georgia star has scored three goals in as many games and impressed as a left winger.

This problem is both technical and tactical, but also financial, since “Kvara” represents an economic asset that must be preserved in the event of a future sale.

Available for £8.5m (€10m) this summer, his price has already tripled and within 12 months he could be a new global star.

Promising winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia could see his development stalled at the club

Promising winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia could see his development stalled at the club

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has always defined players over 32 as old, but buying Ronaldo would be a great economic deal that would guarantee Napoli to pay nothing or only a small part of their hefty salary at Manchester United.

This solution is intriguing and highly speculative, but it would jeopardize Kvaratskhelia’s development at Maradona Stadium.

Would a year of experimenting with Ronaldo be worth damaging crucial years in Kvara’s career?

Another Totti situation for Spalletti?

The disputes between Roma’s former No10 and Spalletti are so notorious that they inspired a film about Totti’s life and his troubled relationship with the Tuscan coach, who tried to limit his talent while respecting the side’s balance.

Spalletti is an intelligent and very talkative coach who always strives to put his team first over every player.

The situation would be completely different for Cristiano Ronaldo as the remaining 10 players on the pitch, including the goalkeeper, would have to live with feeding the Portuguese striker for 90 minutes. Now the feeling is that Ronaldo isn’t the icing on the cake, but a Portuguese dessert too alcoholic to keep the entire team sober.

If Spalletti decided to leave Ronaldo on the bench, all cameras and fans’ eyes would be ready to immortalize the striker’s grimaces, as happened recently in Manchester.

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti is unlikely to change his team's style of play in favor of Ronaldo

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti is unlikely to change his team’s style of play in favor of Ronaldo

Delays in training or the difficulties in communicating with the team would also have a great sounding board to trigger a media hurricane in every game. Luciano Spalletti is currently the best Italian manager and the extraordinary work of the last 90 days proves that he has kept the club stable after important departures.

No man in the world would have quieted the Napoli coach at the news of the split of David Ospina, Kalidou Koulibaly, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne, but Spalletti loves men with strong destinies, as he often reiterates, and has chosen to go up the road . Now, however, media pressure regarding the Ronaldo operation threatens to shake his patience.

In love with the city, Spalletti dreams of winning the Serie A title, would also allow himself the joy of being one of the few coaches to celebrate victory far from the Turin-Milan-Rome triangle.

Spalletti fears that Ronaldo could dilute the team’s balance and fighting spirit and this worries him, although Ronaldo has never shown it publicly.

Would Ronaldo back down on set pieces?

Juventus’ free-kick crisis began when Ronaldo arrived at Allianz Stadium.

Ronaldo has taken numerous free-kicks during his Serie A career, but 99 per cent of the time his shots have never been on target. Dusan Vlahovic’s free-kick for Juve against Roma was the first since the Portuguese star’s last goal against Torino in 2020.

This selfishness could cause a lot of dissatisfaction with other players who usually want to go on goal from distance or from the penalty spot. Ronaldo would be a more useful character to promote record-breaking in a De Laurentiis film, but he would hardly be able to create harmony in a team with a well-defined philosophy where selfishness has never existed before.

Ronaldo’s drama is that he still thinks he’s the player he was 10 years ago, but is actually a rather eccentric stunt double who can’t accept the passage of time.

Ronaldo may have to put aside his insistence on set pieces if he joins Napoli

Ronaldo may have to put aside his insistence on set pieces if he joins Napoli

Can Napoli sign Ronaldo without selling Osimhen?

This is the most frequently asked question at Napoli as Manchester United have no intention of spending another £84m on striker Victor Osimhen after paying £84m (€100m) for Antony.

Without exchange, negotiation is possible, but very difficult, since it has some gaps, both on an economic level and on a tactical level.

Osimhen, Ronaldo, Raspadori, Simeone, Lozano and Kvara would be too many and Spalletti would suffer too much pressure managing the line-up. Osimhen dreams of becoming top scorer and if he played with Ronaldo there would be constant arguments over scoring chances like penalties.

It is difficult to imagine a peaceful competition while it is difficult to imagine Ronaldo being stopped in attack with 10 players having to run for him.

Signing Ronaldo would make Napoli sell star men like Victor Osimhen

Signing Ronaldo would make Napoli sell star men like Victor Osimhen

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Maureen Mackey

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