Former boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather has made a sensational claim that he could attract Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to Newcastle United.
This follows the American’s interest in buying the Premier League club, with current owner Mike Ashley still on the lookout for a new owner.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has been in unstoppable form of late, with his four goals at the weekend against Girona taking his tally up to 17 in all competitions in his last eight matches.
Pretty Boy’s friend Ronaldo
Mayweather, also known as Pretty Boy, has won world titles at five different weight classes and retired from boxing with a perfect 50-0 record, but his interests outside of the ring are just as lucrative, putting money into several profitable investments.
His high profile has also seen him make plenty of friends, with Ronaldo just one of them.
The former Manchester United attacker has turned into one of the most lethal forwards and best players to ever grace the game since leaving England, with three Champions League medals in four years and 444 goals for Los Blancos, a club record.
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The Portugal captain has often been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, despite his enormous contribution, with rifts with president Florentino Perez often causing rumours to circulate.
However, a move to the Magpies would certainly not be the first team to come to mind and Mayweather would need to provide a big incentive to attract Ronaldo to the Tyneside club.
“Cristiano is a friend of mine for a long time and he could even finish his career in Newcastle,” Mayweather claimed, via Marca.
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The ex-boxer is looking into a deal with the Premier League side, with the Geordie outfit in limbo as Sports Direct founder Ashley is struggling to find a suitable buyer for them.
“I love Newcastle, these boys like to celebrate as hard as in any city in the world, I got to know some of the players last year and they are good guys,” he added.
“I am always looking at new business opportunities and I love all sports but I invest with my head and not my heart.”
Amanda Staveley, whose PCP Capital Partners firm helped Sheikh Mansour takeover Manchester City, has been the most likely to become the club’s next owner, but her offers have been rejected and communications have broken down with Ashley.