Ronaldo ponders upon leaving Juventus after latest Champions League exit

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Despite scoring a brace in the second leg against Lyon, Ronaldo exited the Champions League at fulltime as Juventus crashed out on away goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo may have enjoyed an incredible individual season but he wants to win trophies, and exiting the competition at the round-of-16 stage is certainly not what he signed up for.

And for the second straight season, Juventus haven’t come close to triumphing in Europe and helping Ronaldo add a sixth winner’s medal to his collection.

Disappointed by the club’s performance in the Champions League, he is sounding out other options.

Ronaldo issued a rallying cry to his teammates, urging them to “come back stronger” next season.

Agent Jorge Mendes will speak with PSG sporting director Leonardo in Portugal during the final stages of the Champions League.

PSG have the financial capabilities to fund a move for Ronaldo and it’s not the first time they’ve been linked with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. And with a dream frontline of Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar they would be a fearsome prospect next season.

Ronaldo was excellent for his side in the just-concluded season. He recently broke the record for the most goals scored by a Juventus player in a single season. Even at 35, he is still at the peak of his powers and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Juventus and Olympique Lyonnais (OL), played behind closed doors due to the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus, at the Juventus stadium, in Turin , on August 7, 2020. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

However, he was pipped to the Serie A MVP award by teammate Paulo Dybala, while also losing out on the Golden Boot to Ciro Immobile. Nonetheless, it was still a wonderful campaign for the Portuguese captain.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli dismissed the talk earlier this week.

“He’s going to stay with us,” Agnelli told Sky Sport. “I’m sure that Cristiano will play for Juventus next season. He’s a pillar of this team.”

Ronaldo has also just seen his third manager at the Turin club with Andrea Pirlo replacing Maurizio Sarri, who had only been in charge for 12 months after replacing Max Allegri.