Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants to leave Real Madrid and Hertha Berlin have wasted no time in cheekily offering him a route out.
The world of football was abuzz on Friday following reports that Ronaldo is keen to move away from Madrid amid scrutiny over his tax affairs in Spain – an issue about which he has strongly denied any wrongdoing.
If he were to leave Santiago Bernabeu, the 32-year-old Portugal superstar would no doubt be welcome anywhere.
Hertha were quick to open up their doors to four-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo with a playful offer posted on social media.
Ronaldo wants to leave @realmadrid. No cash, but galactic challenge and Berlin will love you like a son. Interested, @Cristiano? #hahohe pic.twitter.com/qRdSDXS9jJ — Hertha BSC (@HerthaBSC) June 16, 2017
The Bundesliga club said: "Ronaldo wants to leave @realmadrid. No cash, but galactic challenge and Berlin will love you like a son. Interested, @Cristiano?"
This is becoming a theme for the team from the German capital as they posed a similar proposition to Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he was left off Manchester United's retained list ahead of the 2017-18 season.
No contract at @ManUtd - we've great fans, but still no cash: BUT YOU CAN WIN @bundesliga_de for 1st time Think about it @Ibra_official pic.twitter.com/4mx0rEmMXr — Hertha BSC (@HerthaBSC) June 9, 2017
Elsewhere, lower league English clubs Bolton Wanderers and Salisbury FC have rather amusingly moved to distance themselves from any 'rumours' linking the Portuguese superstar with moves to their respective clubs.
Real Madrid have yet to comment on the rumours, with Ronaldo's participation at the Confederations Cup in Russia with Portugal likely to see the story continue to roll on until the club make a formal statement.