Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘very close’ to joining Sporting KC ahead of Al-Nassr move

Cristiano Ronaldo was on the verge of a spectacular move to MLS side Sporting Kansas City prior to joining Al-Nassr, according to reports.

The Portuguese icon and five-time Ballon d’Or winner completed a transfer to one of Saudi Arabia’s most successful clubs on Friday, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract following a public falling out with Manchester United.

Even before his pre-World Cup departure from Old Trafford, the rumor mill was in overdrive regarding Ronaldo’s next destination. Naturally, Major League Soccer was among the possible landing spots, though most naturally expected him to join a ‘big market’ club such as the LA Galaxy or Inter Miami.

Instead, according to a report from ESPN analyst and former New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman, Ronaldo was ‘very close’ to joining Sporting Kansas City.

Twellman says that multiple MLS clubs inquired about the 37-year-old, but that SKC were already at the table with a ‘compelling’ offer.

MLSsoccer.com‘s Tom Bogert confirmed Twellman’s report, adding that SKC already had Ronaldo’s discovery rights – making them the first in line in MLS to sign him – and that talks went as far as discussing a potential ownership share in the club.

Twellman’s report was further backed up when SKC owner Robb Heineman retweeted the news.

Should Ronaldo have signed with SKC, it could have started an interesting battle with Scotland international Johnny Russell, who already occupies the club’s No.7 shirt. Would he have given it away as easily as Edinson Cavani did at Manchester United? We’ll never know…

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