Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at Manchester United may be coming to an end as the 37-year-old begins to consider Saudi Arabian teams as a serious alternative.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner expressed his intention to leave the club in the summer, but he was not bombarded with bids from the European powerhouses he expected.

During the most recent transfer window, major clubs like as Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, and Atletico Madrid all turned down the opportunity to sign Ronaldo.

Ronaldo, desperate to play Champions League football, rejected down an offer from an undisclosed Saudi club that would have paid him a staggering £2 million a week. Another idea would have netted him £211 million per year.

However, because Ten Hag appears to prefer Marcus Rashford playing through the middle, Ronaldo’s willingness to stay until the end of the season is considered to be dwindling.

In turn, the former Real Madrid player is coming to grips with the fact that his love affair with Europe’s most famous club football championship is coming to an end.

United are not now a Champions League club, and they were defeated 1-0 by Real Sociedad in their inaugural Europa League group stage match at Old Trafford. Add to it the fact that Ronaldo is still unable to make the team, and it’s easy to see why his patience is wearing thin.

It also explains why the Saudi alternative is becoming a more appealing prospect for the veteran. If his chances of ever participating in the Champions League again are slim, his camp may as well go and get the aforementioned eye-watering wages.

Yasser Al-Misehal, president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, spoke with The Athletic about the possibility of a player of Ronaldo’s calibre playing in the kingdom, claiming that the offer remains open despite the fact that he turned it down in the summer.

“We would love to see a player like Cristiano Ronaldo playing in the Saudi league, it would bring a huge positive feedback and it would be big news for everyone. I’m sure everyone knows the achievements and records of Cristiano Ronaldo, but also as a player who is a great role model.

“I think, ‘Why not?’, I’m sure it would be a very expensive deal, of course, but we can see our clubs getting higher revenues in the past couple of years. We have already seen some big players who used to play in the Premier League come to the Saudi league.

“I like Cristiano Ronaldo as a player and I would like to see him play in Saudi Arabia.” Al-Misehal went on to concede he couldn’t possibly speculate on which Saudi club could be the one to pry the icon away from Old Trafford.