'WHAT?!' coupled with various expletives undoubtedly rung out across Madrid and among Real's fanbase on Friday as rumours began to emerge that Cristiano Ronaldo is looking for a way out of the club.
Reports in Portugal suggest los Blancos' all-time top scorer has become infuriated with the treatment he has received from the Spanish tax authorities regarding alleged fraud (amounting to €14.7 million) relating to image rights, and has made an 'irreversible' decision to leave the capital.
Complicating any potential move is Ronaldo's astronomical buyout clause, which sits at a massive €1 billion. For perspective, the Portuguese's clause is almost 10 times as much as that of Paul Pogba's – and the latter is currently the most expensive player in the world.
If Ronaldo plays hardball and pushes his way out of the club, however, Madrid could be forced to sell him for significantly less. Here, Goal breaks down some of the world's biggest clubs and their chances of being able to sign one of the world's greatest footballers.
Man Utd correspondent Kris Voakes:
Manchester United remain as fond of Cristiano Ronaldo as he is of them, and the first club everyone is likely to think of putting together a package for the Portuguese is indeed United. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has not disguised his desire to build United as a commercial behemoth, but surely even he could not justify an £875m outlay on a 32-year-old Ronaldo should Madrid insist on recouping the release cause in the player's contract?
If the Spanish side admit defeat in their bid to keep him and show any inclination to negotiate for a much smaller fee then United may show a significant interest in bringing back Ronaldo after his six successful years at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009.
Man City correspondent Sam Lee:
Goal understands that Manchester City do have an interest in a couple of Real Madrid players and that they have made contact with the Spanish club in the last seven days. There have also been whispers around the club, as well as it being reported by Mundo Deportivo a couple of months ago, that director of football Txiki Begiristain is secretly working on the biggest transfer of the summer.
But surely not Ronaldo. He would cost a huge amount of money, surely too much even for City, who could spend upwards of £300m this summer. City have plenty of plans to overhaul their forward line already, with Alexis Sanchez a key target and Kylian Mbappe also very much of interest. And besides all that, Ronaldo's ties to United mean he would surely reject the Blues in the very unlikely event that they would make an approach.
Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella:
Chelsea are unlikely to be at the front of the queue but they are currently cash rich after a great deal of player sales in the past 12 months. Having struggled to sign anyone so far, ranging from Romelu Lukaku to Tiemoue Bakayoko, bringing in Ronaldo might be tough. Antonio Conte, however, has told the club to find him an attacker with Diego Costa due to leave.
Conte's text message 'break up' with Costa may harm their chances for Ronaldo, though, due to both players sharing the same agent in Jorge Mendes.
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Juventus correspondent Romeo Agresti:
It's true that Juventus spent big on Gonzalo Higuain during the last summer market, but it's very hard to picture the Old Lady having the financial clout to bring Ronaldo to Turin. We cannot forget that Serie A no longer has the same prestige as the Premier League - the majority of football's best players and best coaches now reside in England, while Italy can only boast good players and good coaches. Big difference.
Goal Italy's Renato Maisani:
Despite their respective takeovers by rich Chinese companies, Inter and AC Milan simply cannot afford Ronaldo. His salary is far too high and it is unimaginable that CR7 would want to join a club who are not qualified for the Champions League. Moreover, Inter and Milan are not even seen as being amongst the best teams in the league any more, so it doubtful that Cristiano would want to play for a side who aren't considered favourites for the Scudetto. Additionally, when you consider Higuain is the highest-paid player in Serie A at €7.5m per year, bringing in the Portuguese could cause a huge, negative knock-on effect with player wages.
Barcelona correspondent Ignasi Oliva:
Short version: Barcelona will not hire their fans' most hated player – and certainly not for the massive bid it would take to bring him to Camp Nou. No way at all.
Even if the Blaugrana did have the money, Ronaldo's chances of moving to Catalonia ended in 2009 when he put pen to paper on a deal that saw him move to the Santiago Bernabeu. Of course, some fans would relish the opportunity to have one of Madrid's greatest players scoring goals against the club they hate so much, but the short-term fun would never justify the cost. Again, there's no way Barca will sign him.
It's no secret that Paris Saint-Germain are huge admirers of Ronaldo, having been involved in talks with Real Madrid back in the 2015-16 season over a potential transfer.
The club would no doubt jump at the chance to sign football's biggest name, especially in light of the fact that the Parisian side failed to win the Ligue 1 for the first time since 2012 after losing leading goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United.
In addition, PSG's have a lifetime manufacturing deal with Nike, who are also Ronaldo's main sponsors, and the sportswear company could potentially assist in bringing the 32-year-old to Parc des Princes.
Until recently there may have been a chance of the Portugal captain turning out in the newly-refurbished Chinese Super League, but any potential moves are now in serious doubt after new taxation laws were put in place by the Chinese FA to effectively double the price of any foreign player purchased over €5.9m.
In essence, Ronaldo would cost Chinese clubs double what any other side would have to pay.