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Australian chief promises to offer Cristiano Ronaldo what Manchester United has failed to provide in an effort to entice him to A-League

Australian chief promises to offer Cristiano Ronaldo what Manchester United has failed to provide in an effort to entice him to A-League

A-League boss Danny Townsend has attempted to entice Cristiano Ronaldo to the Australian premier league, while admitting that the league may not be able to compete financially with rival bids for the disgruntled  Manchester United star.

Ronaldo’s future at United is uncertain after he told Piers Morgan that he felt “betrayed” by the Premier League club and had no respect for manager Erik ten Hag.

Townsend revealed to Australian media on Thursday that he has made an offer to Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in the event that Ronaldo leaves United.

“(Ronaldo) said he wasn’t getting any love and respect at Manchester United but we’ll certainly give him plenty of love and respect in Australia,” Townsend said in comments published by News Corp.

“We might not be able to compete financially with other offers but we can compete in other ways.”

Former United teammate of Ronaldo, Nani, joined Melbourne Victory this season.

Ronaldo, the all-time leading scorer in men’s international football with 117 goals in 193 official matches, is preparing to lead Portugal in his fifth World Cup in Qatar.

“Obviously it’s a long shot but we’ve certainly got a compelling proposition for him here in Australia to consider,” Townsend told local radio station SportsFM earlier on Thursday.

Townsend’s offer follows Sportsmail’s report that Ronaldo’s United teammates want him to leave following the conclusion of the World Cup in Qatar.

United should find a way to offload Ronaldo while he is at the World Cup, and the 37-year-old Portugal superstar should not return to Old Trafford, according to the consensus of the squad.

Ronaldo criticized the attitude of United’s young players and stated that only his Portugal teammate Diogo Dalot is destined for a long career at the top level.

“Their hunger [is different]. I think they have things more easily, everything’s easy, they don’t suffer – and they don’t care,” said Ronaldo.

“If you tell me what I see in Manchester United, I can mention probably Diogo Dalot. He’s young but he’s very professional and I have no doubts that he’s going to have longevity in football.

“We have a few ones more – probably (Lisandro) Martinez – but like Dalot it’s difficult to say.”

Australian chief promises to offer Cristiano Ronaldo what Manchester United has failed to provide in an effort to entice him to A-League

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