Former England and Newcastle star Chris Waddle doesn’t want to see the Magpies bite the bullet and sign free agent Cristiano Ronaldo following his exit from Manchester United. The Portuguese superstar has gone through a whirlwind few weeks following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
After calling out Erik ten Hag and the Glazers, Ronaldo had his contract mutually terminated by the Old Trafford outfit. It’s the first time Ronaldo has been without a club in his professional career and will be looking to join a new team after the World Cup.
Several teams have been tipped with making an approach for Ronaldo, but only a handful of clubs all over the world will be able to match Ronaldo’s wage demands. Newcastle are one of the teams who would be able to give Ronaldo what he wants, while also keeping him in the Premier League.
But Waddle believes the 37-year-old would disrupt what Eddie Howe is building at St James’ Park. “I think it would be great publicity for the owners and the club. Personally no, if you want to progress as a club I don’t think they should get Ronaldo,” he told The Sun.
“Yes, sign him to the end of the season but Callum Wilson is doing ever so well. Would you leave Callum Wilson out? Ronaldo wants to play, Ronaldo’s not gonna sit on the bench. For me it’s a no no. I think we will see Cristiano Ronaldo going off abroad and I think that’s where he will see his days. I think he’s done with England.
“If I was Newcastle United, I would be looking long term. I’d be looking to think, ‘Can I get a player in who can play for the next three or four seasons?’ For me, if I was Newcastle, I’d avoid Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo is very much an individual and plays the way he plays. He’d have to play as a centre-forward, you couldn’t play him anywhere else at the minute. Newcastle press and they work very very hard. If you watch Newcastle, they press, they play high. That’s not Ronaldo’s game.
“So I don’t think he’d be a great fit. I’m sure he’d score goals cause he will score goals wherever he goes. He’s a great player, still a good player today. But I think he’ll end up going somewhere where it’s more possession based, slower league; I think that would suit Ronaldo.
“I think if he goes to somewhere like that, I think that would suit him. But if I was Newcastle, I think there’s better options out there if you want to spend money.” Ronaldo has made no secret that he believes he can still compete at the highest level and leaving United means he could find an opportunity to join a Champions League outfit.
But he has also been tipped to make the jump to either the MLS or Saudi Arabia with Gary Neville believing Ronaldo will look for a two-year deal from next summer.
“I think he’ll get to the end of the season and then think about the next two years and what his last football project might look like,” he said. “Is it in the US? Is it in the Middle East? Is it somewhere else in Europe where he’s not played before?”