- MLS wants Cristiano Ronaldo.
- “To have someone with the quality of Ronaldo … we would be very interested in it,” Jeff Agoos told Insider.
- Agoos, a five-time MLS Cup winner, is currently an MLS executive.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking for a new club after the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and Jeff Agoos, a former USMNT international and current Major League Soccer executive, hopes it will be in MLS.
“I’ve heard the name before and it looks like it’s available,” Agoos, MLS’s senior vice president of Competition and Medical Administration, told Insider of Ronaldo.
“We have had players like David Beckham and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, but having someone with the quality of Ronaldo would certainly be something we would be very interested in.”
“A lot of things can happen, but we would be excited to have Cristiano Ronaldo,” he added.
Ronaldo’s contract with Manchester United was terminated last week by mutual consent, after a explosive interview in which he attacked the club, its manager Erik ten Hag and its owners.
Speaking to Piers Morgan, Ronaldo said he does not “respect” Ten Hag and accused United of showing a lack of “empathy” when his young daughter was hospitalized in July.
After being released by United, Ronaldo said: “I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never change. However, it seems the time is right to look for a new challenge.”
Saga has not distracted the 37-year-old striker from finding the net for Portugal in Qatar.
He opened the scoring in his country’s 3-2 win over Ghana in their opening group game on Thursday, scoring from the penalty spot after being fouled in the box by Ghanaian defender Mohamed Salisu.
Ronaldo’s goal made him the first footballer in history to score in five separate World Cups, having previously scored in the tournament in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.
“The first player to score goals in five World Cups, this makes me very proud,” said Ronaldo.
Portugal coach Fernando Santo said: “Cristiano Ronaldo is a phenomenon… 50 years from now, we’ll still be talking about him.”