Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at Atletico Madrid fans after they held up a banner claiming he was "not welcome" at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Ronaldo, 37, has seen the door slam shut on a dramatic return to the Spanish capital with Atleti's President categorically ruling out a move for the former Real Madrid icon, who is desperate to secure Champions League football next season.
Seeing potential exits to Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich fall through, Ronaldo also rejected a mammoth £233million contract from an unnamed Saudi Arabian club as he is motivated to challenge himself against Europe's most elite for the 20th consecutive season.
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Spanish outlet AS reported a deal was close for Ronaldo to sensationally head back to Madrid after convincing Diego Simeone he was the right man to replace Luis Suarez as the focal point of Los Rojiblancos' attack. However, the controversial switch received heavy backlash from Atelti supporters, who went to extreme lengths to highlight their discontent with the proposed move.
As well as storming a pre-season friendly with anti-CR7 banners, fan organisation Union Internacional de Penas del Atletico de Madrid also released a brutal statement, claiming Ronaldo is the "antithesis of the values that are the hallmarks of our Atleti." But, clearly not keen to let the matter slide, Ronaldo has now responded with four laughing emojis on Instagram.
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Despite rattling in 18 goals on his return to the Premier League, Ronaldo was unable to prevent Manchester United from slipping to their worst-ever points tally since the reformation of the division in 1992 and, amid talks of a move away, Portugal's record goal scorer missed the entirety of their pre-season tour due to family reasons.
The five-time Ballon d'Or held crunch talks with the Man Utd hierarchy on Tuesday (July 26) in which he asked the club to rip up his £360k-a-week deal. The Red Devils, though, remain insistent Ronaldo is not for sale.
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