Nani: Ronaldo 'will probably end up' going to MLS in future
Portugal player and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo may look to Major League Soccer as a place to end his playing career. Sipa USA-USA TODAY Sports

Nani: Cristiano Ronaldo 'will probably end up' going to MLS in future

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo playing in Major League Soccer seems unrealistic, right? Well, it may not be such a crazy thought after all.

Ronaldo reportedly told Orlando City captain Nani that he will "probably" end up playing in MLS before he retires, according to ESPN. 

"A couple of years ago, he told me that he will probably end up in America," Nani told ESPN. "It's not 100 percent, but probably. There is a chance."

Nani has been teammates with Ronaldo at both the club and international level, having shared the flanks while playing for Premier League side Manchester United and international side Portugal. So, it's fair to say that the two know each other very well.

If Ronaldo decides to play in MLS, it'll likely be towards the end of his career. The forward would be following in the footsteps of players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thierry Henry and David Villa in winding down his career in America. At age 35, that time may be coming very soon.

Ronaldo's current Juventus contract is believed to run through 2022, and the club likely won't be parting ways with him before then. At that point, Ronaldo will be 37-years-old and may consider making a move to the United States, though that's just speculation.

He's stated in the past he wants to finish at the top of his game... and that probably doesn't mean coming to play in MLS. In 2015 he even said he couldn't see himself coming to the U.S. to play, so it's fair to ponder where his current thoughts are at.

If he ever decided to play in MLS, it would arguably be the best move for the league in its history. We'll just have to wait and see what happens, but it may be hard to imagine Ronaldo finishing out his career in a league such as MLS. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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