Serie A giants Juventus are planning to cut ties with ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo next summer due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ronaldo earns on £28million a year in Turin after moving from Real Madrid in 2018.
His fee is five times higher than the second highest paid footballer in Juve – Paul Dybala.
Juventus are keen to “offload” the five-time Ballon d’or winner, opting to sell him instead of offering a contract extension.
Ronaldo has come under heavy criticisms from boss Andrea Pirlo despite scoring in the 1-1 draw at Lazio, his sixth of the campaign to date.
Pirlo has also called out his entire squad for being “selfish” on Sunday’s Serie A game.
‘I talk to my players a lot, but they make the choices when they are on the pitch. They could’ve been less egotistical and killed off the game earlier,’ he told former England boss Fabio Capello during an interview on Sky Sports Italia.
‘We are playing with two forwards plus two wide men. Once we get everyone in shape, we can evaluate who to use together. So far, not everyone has been at 100 per cent, so it’s been normal to rotate them and leave one out.’
Meanwhile, Pirlo confirmed Ronaldo picked up an injury which forced him off during the draw with Lazio in Rome.
The No 7 went off with an ankle knock and was seen having his foot strapped with an ice pack during the closing stages of the match.
It still remains to be seen whether he will link up with Portugal during the international break. It has been confirmed that team-mate Dybala will not join up with Argentina after suffering a genital problem.
Meanwhile, Juventus currently sit fifth in Serie A, four points off early leaders AC Milan.