‘He’s too old’: Bayern Munich boss plays down talk of stunning move for Cristiano Ronaldo
A rumor doing the rounds suggested that Bundesliga giants Bayern are keen on making an audacious attempt to lure Ronaldo away from Juventus in the summer.
However, Bayern chief Hainer poured cold water on the story when asked about a potential move – dismissing Ronaldo, who recently turned 35, as “too old” for the team.
"Of course there are always names floating around in the media linking players to the club and that is something totally understandable,” Hainer said.
“But Cristiano Ronaldo would be too old for us."
Despite Hainer’s concerns about Ronaldo’s advancing years, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has hit the ground running in 2020, netting in nine consecutive games for Juventus.
The Portuguese has reached 50 strikes for the Turin club in 70 appearances, as he helps Juve in their pursuit of a ninth successive Serie A title as well as a first Champions League crown since 1996.Also on rt.com Ronaldo reaches YET ANOTHER scoring milestone as he bags penalty double for Juventus in win over Fiorentina
Ronaldo is under contract with the Bianconeri – whom he joined from Real Madrid for €100 million (US$110 million) in 2018 – until 2022.
Reports in the New Year suggested that Juve bosses are considering offering an extension to that deal to keep Ronaldo at the club until 2023 – by which time he would be 38.
Despite being well into his 30s, Ronaldo maintains a famously fanatical devotion to keeping in shape and has said that 'biologically' he is around a decade younger.