BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 13: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF reacts as he is shown a red card during the Supercopa de Espana Supercopa Final 1st Leg match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on August 13, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Italian champions Juventus are expected to sell Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, in a bid to recoup the €100 million transfer fee they paid for him in 2018.

As the 35-year-old would have six months left on his contract come the end of 2021, this would mean he could leave on a free transfer when his contract ends in summer 2022.

Considering the impact of the pandemic on football and the mammoth wages that Ronaldo commands, the club have been left with no choice but to sell him, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

The Portuguese living legend has scored 71 goals in 94 appearances for the Italian outfit but hasn’t been able to guide the club to Champions League glory – something they crave more than anything.

Ronaldo’s wages are staggering, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner earning a reported €31 million a year.

It’s fair to say that despite Ronaldo being arguably the greatest to ever grace the sport in terms of athletic ability, his performances have declined since arriving from Real Madrid.

COVID-19 has left many football clubs on the brink, therefore it would take a giant – like a Manchester United or Real Madrid – to afford Portugal’s greatest ever goal-scorer.