Cristiano Ronaldo would not be a viable signing for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, according to former manager Ottmar Hitzfeld.
As reported by Squawka, while Hitzfeld feels that Ronaldo would be a “Christmas present” for the Bavarian club’s fans, signing the Real Madrid superstar would cause too much financial trouble.
Speculation has been rife that Ronaldo could look to leave the La Liga champions, following his highly publicised falling out with the Spanish tax authorities.
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have both been linked with world record moves for the 32-year-old while Bayern have also been tentatively touted as a potential destination, given their status in European football.
And Hitzfeld, who guided Bayern to five Bundesliga titles during his two spells in charge at the club, has weighed in with his opinion of such a move, stating his belief that such a deal would only be bad news for Bayern as signing Ronaldo would break their financial structure.
He said: “When I read the rumours I had to smile. I am happy about this idea – even if it is unrealistic. For the fans it would be a Christmas present to sign Cristiano Ronaldo but it is a utopian scenario.
“He would break the salary structure and Bayern would then have financial issues with the other players. And then the agents would use the situation to get more for their clients.
“[Bayern president] Uli Hoeness would not take such a risk.”