Cristiano Ronaldo’s family has been a major defender of ending his sporting career in Lisbon as he is still linked with the Juventus exit.
The Portuguese superstar is looking forward to returning to his childhood club once he leaves the Italian giants – which may be faster than expected.
Juventus have suffered greatly this season and may lose the top four, leaving them without football in the Champions League.
The Bianconeri are keen to get Ronaldo out of their wage bill as they grapple with the financial impact of the pandemic.
Ronaldo’s huge wage demands mean only a select number of clubs can afford to sign him since Juventus will also be seeking transfer fees.
As a result, the 36-year-old is content to terminate his contract in Turin, giving him more options next summer, according to Italian TV channel Mediaset.
Portuguese newspaper Record newspaper said Ronaldo “wants to end his sporting career”.
His mother, Dolores Aveiro, and the rest of the family are known to be staunch supporters of the Portuguese club.
Ronaldo’s association with Nike could be a crucial factor in Sporting securing his signature.
He reportedly takes £ 15m a year from Nike after signing a 10-year contract with them in 2016 and will replace Macron as a supplier of Sporting gear starting next season.
So Ronaldo’s ties to the company could be a factor in securing his signature.
The striker came through the ranks of Lisbon FC before leaving in 2003 to join Manchester United.
He has made 35 appearances for Sporting’s first team, but is now looking forward to seeing his career at the Jose Alvalade stadium.
Real Madrid recently ruled out a transfer to Ronaldo but Paris Saint-Germain remains cautious if Kylian Mbappe loses.