Cristiano Ronaldo is still seeking for a route out of Manchester United after stating his desire to join a Champions League club this season.

And, despite the club’s president Enrique Cerezo earlier labelling a move for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as “practically impossible,” he may now have an option with Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes met with Erik ten Hag on Tuesday to discuss the current situation, but the issue remains unresolved, with the Portugal star still wanting to leave and United unwilling to let him.

One challenge for Ronaldo is finding a team willing to pay his exorbitant wages while also offering him Champions League football. Bayern Munich have already ruled themselves out of contention for the 37-year-old, while Real Madrid are unwilling to re-sign their club icon.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid president Cerezo previously stated to reporters that the club will not make an offer for Ronaldo.

“I’ve already said this several times, I don’t know who invented the Cristiano story but I’ll tell you that it’s practically impossible that he comes to Atletico de Madrid,” Cerezo said via El Partidazo De Cope.

“Rumours are rumours and they have to stay as rumours. If you keep on fuelling the rumours then eventually it will look like it’s something real, which it’s not.”

However, following a report in Confidencial Digital that they sold the fewest shirts this summer in club history, Atletico Madrid may change their tune on Ronaldo.

According to a club source, “sales have decreased by 40% compared to last year’s figures” as inflation rises across Europe and fans continue to feel the financial hardship of supporting their team.

While Ronaldo is not the apparent solution for Atletico, the Portuguese international generates a significant amount of income for whichever club he represents.

According to The Athletic, Juventus’ commercial earnings increased by £27 million in a season, from £123 million before Ronaldo arrived to £150 million the following season.

During Ronaldo’s stay in Italy, the club’s kit supply deal with Adidas climbed by £24 million, from £19.8 million to £43.8 million, and the sponsorship deal with Jeep increased by £24.5 million, from £14.5 million to £39 million.

Man United has also begun to reap the rewards of Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford, with revenues increasing by £34.5 million from £118.3 million to £152.8 million, and commercial revenue increasing by £7.5 million from £58.1 million to $65.6 million.

Ronaldo also held the record for most shirt sales in Italy on a single day when he joined Juventus before this feat was very recently broken by Paulo Dybala signing for Roma.