World footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly eyeing an English Premier League return, according to a Spanish sports newspaper.
The Real Madrid star - who equalled Lionel Messi' tally of five Ballon d'Ors in 2017, is said to be "desperate" to sign for former club Manchester United or English champions Chelsea, Diario Gol reported.
Its claim was repeated by several British media outlets on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time).
Diario Gol claimed the Portugese international was ready to lead Real Madrid in the January transfer window.
Ronaldo, 32, played for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009.
His Portugese compatriot, Jose Mourinho (who managed Ronaldo at Real Madrid for a couple of seasons) is Manchester United's manager.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has posted an Instagram photo of the 15 trophies he has won during his career.
He posed in his Madeira with 15 individual trophies he won throughout his successful career. to date.
Ronaldo received Fifa World Player of the Year in 2017 as well as the Fans Player of the Year.
The Portugal captain scored 44 goals in 48 appearances in 2017, notching 33 for Los Blancos and 11 for his national team.
Ronaldo also won the Champions League and the Super Cup last year.
However according to his Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde. Messi is still considered to be the best player on the planet.
Messi has scored 22 times in the 29 appearances he has made for club and country this season.
The 30-year-old's latest goal came in the 3-0 victory against Ronaldo's Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu before Christmas.