CRISTIANO RONALDO issued a ‘play me’ plea to Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag ahead of today’s Premier League opener.
The Red Devils entertain Brighton at Old Trafford in Ten Hag’s first competitive game in charge.
The Dutchman’s short Red Devils reign so far has been dominated by questions about Ronaldo’s future.
The Portuguese icon is desperate to leave the club to play in the Champions League.
But with a lack of offers coming in, the wantaway superstar and his new boss are in limbo.
It is unclear if the Ronaldo, 37, will be selected with his future up in the air.
And, with very little action in preseason – just 45 minutes last weekend against Rayo Vallecano – after being allowed an extended leave due to “family issues”, he may be short of match-sharpness.
But, that hasn’t deterred the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for declaring he is fit for purpose.
Ronaldo took to Instagram and shared a story of an image of himself with the words ‘Ready’ emblazoned on it.
However, it is unclear whether Ten Hag will take the bait after a summer of uncertainty.
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CR7 is still a United player, after failing to secure an exit in this transfer window.
Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid have all passed up opportunities to sign him.
While boyhood club Sporting Lisbon and even Turkish giants Galatasaray have been linked.
Recent reports suggested Ronaldo had “put the squeeze” on new boss Erik ten Hag to start him against the Seagulls.
And in an astonishing turnaround, Ronaldo could end up leading the line on Sunday following an injury to Anthony Martial.
According to the Mirror, Ronnie has been “flying” in training sessions this week having only returned from holiday 10 days ago.
Despite wanting to leave, the veteran remains eager to play as many minutes as possible ahead of the World Cup.
And Ronaldo has informed Ten Hag he is ready to play tomorrow.
United’s new boss has several options to replace Martial, with youngsters Anthony Elanga and Alejandro Garnacho both available.
But Ronaldo’s recent training performances have given him food for thought.
The Portugal star’s quality was never in doubt, having scored 24 times last season despite United’s awful performances.