Ronaldo’s ‘preferred destination to end career’ as he prepares to quit Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo's family are major advocates of him ending his career at Sporting Lisbon as he continues to be linked with a Juventus exit.

The Portuguese star is looking to return to his boyhood club once he leaves the Italian giants – which could be sooner than expected.

Juventus have struggled massively this season and could yet miss out on the top four leaving them without Champions League football.

The Bianconeri are keen to get Ronaldo off their wage bill as they deal with the financial impact of the pandemic.

Ronaldo's huge wage demands mean only a select number of clubs could afford his signature given Juventus would also seek a transfer fee.

As a result the 36-year-old is content to run down his contract in Turin thus giving him more options next summer, according to Italian TV channel Mediaset.

And Portuguese newspaper Record have said Ronaldo 'wants to end his career at Sporting'.

His mother, Dolores Aveiro, and the rest of the family are known to be huge supporters of the Portuguese club.

Ronaldo's association with Nike could also be a crucial factor in Sporting securing his signature.

He is reportedly paid £15m-per-year by Nike after signing a 10-year deal with them back in 2016 and they will replace Macron as Sporting's kit supplier from next season.

Ronaldo's ties with the company could therefore be a factor in them securing his signature.

The forward came through the ranks at the Lisbon club before leaving in 2003 to join Manchester United.

He made 35 appearances for Sporting's first team but is now looking to see his career out back at the Estadio José Alvalade.

Real Madrid have recently ruled out a move for Ronaldo but PSG remain keen should they lose Kylian Mbappe.

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