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Piers Morgan claims Cristiano Ronaldo is still targeting a ‘Champions League club’

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Piers Morgan claims Cristiano Ronaldo is still targeting a ‘Champions League club’ and will ‘get what he wants’ with a solid World Cup amid talk of a £173m-a-year move to the Saudi side by Al Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo’s top confidant Piers Morgan has revealed it’s premature to talk about the Portuguese’s imminent move to Saudi club Al Nassr.

Speculation has swirled since Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Morgan regarding his next club after he and Manchester United mutually agreed to tear up the remainder of his two-year contract.

This week it was reported that Ronaldo was close to agreeing a deal with Saudi club Al Nassr – worth £173million a year.

Piers Morgan says his friend Cristiano Ronaldo still harbors hopes of joining a top club

However, Morgan, who appears to speak to the Portuguese regularly, denied suggestions the move was imminent.

He thinks if he does well at this World Cup he will get what he really wants,” he told the Telegraph.

“It’s a Champions League club that extends its track record and its legacy.”

Ronaldo, 37, has scored once in this World Cup so far – a penalty against Ghana. Although he became the first player in history to score in five World Cup tournaments.

Ronaldo has scored once at the World Cup so far - a penalty against Ghana in Portugal's opener

Ronaldo has scored once at the World Cup so far – a penalty against Ghana in Portugal’s opener

Ronaldo gave an explosive interview to the broadcaster a few weeks ago in which he laid out his problems with Manchester United - he had his contract terminated as a result

Ronaldo gave an explosive interview to the broadcaster a few weeks ago in which he laid out his problems with Manchester United – he had his contract terminated as a result

“It’s not about the money at this stage of his career. It comes down to a burning desire to play football at the highest level, to break records and win trophies,” he said. added.

“And he’s done it in more countries than any other player in history.”

Ronaldo’s explosive interview – aired just days after the start of the World Cup in Qatar – briefly shook the footballing world as the Portuguese took aim at various figures past and present at United.

Having appeared to have been particularly scorched by criticism from former teammates, namely Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo took aim at the pair, suggesting their criticism stemmed from a place of jealousy at his high position.

“I think they take advantage of it because they’re not stupid,” Ronaldo said. ‘I’m the #1 followed guy in the world. It is not by chance.

Morgan said Ronaldo's ambition was to build on his already remarkable legacy before hanging up his boots for the final time.

Morgan said Ronaldo’s ambition was to build on his already remarkable legacy before hanging up his boots for the final time.

‘Probably (it is jealously). Probably – because he ended his career in his thirties. I always play at a high level; I’m not going to say that I look better than him, which is true.

“It’s hard to listen to that kind of criticism and negativity from people who play with you, for example Gary Neville as well.”

Morgan, meanwhile, took aim at those who criticized the World Cup in Qatar – pointing to legislation surrounding homosexuality in the UK when the tournament was held here in 1966 as evidence of hypocrisy.

Morgan took aim at those who criticized the Qatar World Cup – referring to Britain's homosexuality laws in 1966 as the reason for his case

Morgan took aim at those who criticized Qatar’s World Cup – referring to Britain’s homosexuality laws in 1966 as the reason for his case

“It’s selective outrage about Qatar, which is completely over the top,” Morgan said of England’s attempts to wear the OneLove armband, which they later abandoned after being threatened with “sanctions” by FIFA.

“It was all a complete racketeering. The process of awarding the World Cups to Russia and Qatar stunk.

“But England were also in the bidding. So it comes down to our moral fitness to host the World Cup. I remind people that the last time we hosted the World Cup and won it, it was illegal to be gay in the UK. This must be a reality check of our moral positions compared to other parts of the world.

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