United will have to part with a tonne of cash if a return to Old Trafford ever materialises for Ronaldo and at 33, this is surely the last possibility of that happening. Meanwhile, Gareth Bale is now expected to stay at the club with Ronaldo now all but set to leave.
His biggest problem with Madrid is not purely down to money though, he's understood to be furious at their pursuit of PSG star Neymar.
The latest claims on TV talk show "El Chiringuito de los Jugones" alleged that Ronaldo was deeply upset and hurt by news from a meeting which took place at the Bernabeu on Tuesday between club officials and his representatives.
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Sources close to Ronaldo's camp confirmed to ESPN FC earlier this year that the fact that Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Neymar both earned more from their clubs was a factor in his unhappiness at the situation at the Bernabeu.
In any case, Ronaldo is definitely doing his best to play up to the rumours.
Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or the last two years-and five of the last 10-as well as top scoring in the UEFA Champions League the last six seasons, and he likely feels he is worth more to Real than Neymar.
These claims echo similar reports in Spain, in which 'AS' report that Jorge Mendes had meet with Madrid representatives but that the players and clubs demands were on opposite ends of the spectrum.
However Florentino Perez could be willing to let Ronaldo go for less if they can find someone to make an offer.