Non league club AFC Crewe make their first ‘record’ bid for free agent Cristiano Ronaldo after news he is to leave Man Utd.
The Portugal international has received his first offer it seems since agreeing to terminate his contract with the Old Trafford outfit.
AFC Crewe, who play in the 14th tier of English football – the Crewe and District League Premier Division – have offered take it or leave it £35-per-week bid five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Ronaldo will no doubt have plenty to consider when he returns from the World Cup, but the non league minnows, who are top of their division, are eagerly anticipating for his response.
“We can confirm that the club has made an official approach to sign free agent Cristiano Ronaldo
@Cristiano on a one year deal. Should Cristiano accept the offer, he would become AFC Crewe’s highest paid player, taking home £35 per week.
“The train from Piccadilly to Crewe is £14.90 return. Our offer ensures he can afford the trip plus either an Upper Crust at Crewe station or a pint after the game. We eagerly await your response @Cristiano.
“I’ve done the maths. At a $5billion valuation, we only need another 556,173,526 members to wrap up this sale.”
We can confirm that the club has made an official approach to sign free agent Cristiano Ronaldo @Cristiano on a one year deal. Should Cristiano accept the offer, he would become AFC Crewe’s highest paid player, taking home £35 per week. pic.twitter.com/1i64sKb2W1
— AFC Crewe (@afc_crewe) November 22, 2022
The train from Piccadilly to Crewe is £14.90 return. Our offer ensures he can afford the trip plus either an Upper Crust at Crewe station or a pint after the game. We eagerly await your response @Cristiano https://t.co/JJfS6WeunQ
— AFC Crewe (@afc_crewe) November 23, 2022
I’ve done the maths. At a $5billion valuation, we only need another 556,173,526 members to wrap up this sale. RTs and shares appreciated 🙏 https://t.co/7VjGFtFhm6
— AFC Crewe (@afc_crewe) November 23, 2022
Man Utd’s statement confirming his departure read: “Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect. The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.”
CR7 then posted: “Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.
“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.”
Meanwhile, a number of other lower league sides confirmed they would NOT be making an approach to sign him.
Ashton United said in a statement: “Despite reports on social media, #aufc can confirm that no approach has or will be made for Cristiano Ronaldo following his release from @ManUtd. The club will be making no further comment.”
𝘾𝙇𝙐𝘽 𝙎𝙏𝘼𝙏𝙀𝙈𝙀𝙉𝙏 – 𝘾𝙍𝙄𝙎𝙏𝙄𝘼𝙉𝙊 𝙍𝙊𝙉𝘼𝙇𝘿𝙊
— Ashton United FC (@AshtonUnitedFC) November 22, 2022
Cambridge City had some fun with it also: “Despite reports on social media, City can confirm that no approach has or will be made for Cristiano Ronaldo following his release from @ManUtd. We thank @Cristiano for his interest in joining us but the signing of @JaridRobson means CR7 would be surplus to requirements.”
Congleton wrote: “More than welcome to join us at training after the #WorldCup @Cristiano 🐻
Glebe tweeted: “@Cristiano looking for a new challenge? Look no further.”
Penistone Church said: “A club statement on the availability on Cristiano Ronaldo is being carefully considered. Bare with us.”
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Alfreton Town: Good evening, @Cristiano 👋 We have a proposition…
Enfield: The E’s can confirm that we are in talks to sign Cristiano Ronaldo on a short term deal until the end of the season. We are however, waiting until the Black Friday sale, in the hope that he will reduce his wages and in order to get the best deal for the club.
Bury AFC: To put a dampener on the speculation, we wanted to announce that we will NOT be making an approach for @Cristiano ❌ We doubt that Ronaldo would be happy sat on the bench watching @lewisgilboy1 tear the league up 😉
@HerneBayFC: Now that the new clubhouse is almost complete, might as well turn our attention towards bringing @Cristiano to the Bay 🤪 🇵🇹
Fancy coming down to Cornwall @Cristiano?
We’ll even upgrade the jacuzzi for you 😉
✍️ Negotiations between ourselves and @Cristiano have this evening broken down.
7️⃣ His demand for the number seven shirt became the downfall of the move.
🗣 @SteetonJose said that only one man wears that number at Marley, and unlike Ronaldo, he’s magic you know.
The E’s can confirm that we are in talks to sign Cristiano Ronaldo on a short term deal until the end of the season.
— Enfield FC (@EnfieldFC) November 22, 2022
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To put a dampener on the speculation, we wanted to announce that we will NOT be making an approach for @Cristiano
— Bury AFC (@OfficialBuryAFC) November 22, 2022
ABOUT AFC CREWE
At the start of the 2022/23 season, Nufan announced the community will fully takeover AFC Crewe in the Crewe and District League.
The club’s board room now consists of Nufan members, who debate and vote on decisions at all levels.
Already the board members have designed and rolled out a new club badge, begun work designing new kits, invested in a professional camera setup so that ALL AFC Crewe games can be streamed to board members, and have begun work on developing a women’s team.
Not to mention investing in hugely talented new players who are taking the league by storm.
Board members at AFC Crewe have begun an extensive search for a new place the club can call home ahead of next season.
With an application already underway for promotion to League Two of the Cheshire Football League, the club is looking to upgrade its ground after the Nufan takeover.
The club has held talks with the council, and has made great progress in talks with a club about regarding a ground share.
Chairman Liam Bond said: “Finding a local ground with quality facilities is absolutely crucial in our growth plan. Without an exceptional home ground, our ambitious rise up the pyramid is not possible. We’ve held really positive talks about a brilliant ground that will really excite fans and board members, and hopefully we can announce something soon.”
AFC Crewe currently play at the King George’s Playing Fields in Crewe. A team worth keeping an eye on in future.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Next Permanent Club – Sky Bet odds
Chelsea – 11/4
Sporting Lisbon – 3/1
Any MLS Club – 4/1
Real Madrid – 6/1
Newcastle – 7/1
PSG – 7/1
Bayern Munich – 10/1
Any Saudi Pro League Club – 12/1
Napoli – 14/1
Roma – 14/1
Arsenal – 16/1
AC Milan – 18/1
Ajax – 20/1
Atletico Madrid – 25/1
Manchester City – 25/1
Dortmund – 28/1
Fenerbahce – 33/1
Celtic – 50/1
Nottingham Forest – 100/1
Fans reacted as the non league clubs make their first ‘record’ bid for Cristiano Ronaldo…
@PriddysC: We can offer him better weather a beach and £40 a week think about the south coast @Cristiano
@SandyTaitFM: If his agent starts playing hardball, I would be prepared to reach into my own pocket to fund a £5 per appearance fee to help sweeten the deal 👍
@ColinDarrah10: A brilliant offer and first on the table 😂 Well done AFC Crewe 👏
@Charlton_Not606: So AFC Crewe have got in there before #cafc … there is no way Tommy will be able to beat £35pw. We move on but it was nice to dream about Ronaldo joining us.
@LlorisFC: Come on @Cristiano opportunity of a lifetime, sign the thing ✍🏻
@JonGreenland2: He can’t turn this type of offer down! #UpTheRailboys #AFCcrewe #NonLeaguesFinest
@jonnykerr13: Audacious attempt but we’re feeling confident
@TedLikesUnions: Worth a shot lol
@FullBackDan: CR7 really taking a step up in his career 🤩
@shewless11: He’s gotta take it! An unreal opportunity for Ronaldo!
@Footymanmemes: A group of Football Manager players have taken over a non league club and now they’ve made offer to sign Ronaldo 😭😭😭😂😂😂
@bisuclef: Hahaha, this will never happen. Good try @afc_crewe