Cristiano Ronaldo put Manchester giants City and United on red alert after admitting he wants to quit Real Madrid.
A source said: “Yes, Cristiano told president Florentino Perez he wants to leave the club.”
It follows the Portugal superstar’s bombshell on Sunday after scoring twice against Granada.
Ronaldo, 27, did not celebrate either of his goals and said afterwards: “I am sad and the people at the club know about it.
“It’s about professional issues. I can’t say any more.”
Megabucks City and his old club United will keep a close eye on developments – along with Chelsea.
The Portuguese forward, bought from Manchester United for £80m in 2009, led Real to the title last season scoring 46 goals in 38 La Liga games and 60 in all competitions, a performance the 27-year-old perhaps thinks is worthy of a pay-rise.
He has raced to 150 goals for the club at the rate of more than a goal a game but continues to be eclipsed in Spain by Messi’s heroics at Barcelona. Some say the Messi factor eats away at him, such is his vanity.
When he performed poorly for Portugal against Denmark in Euro 2012, Danish fans taunted him by chanting Messi’s name.
Ronaldo is not cherished by Real as Messi is by Barca and one radio station reported that he has told club president Florentino Perez that he does not have the support of the dressing room.
He was at pains to point out, however, that his ‘professional sadness’ was not simply a fickle reaction to losing out to Andres Iniesta in UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award, last week.