NationSport can report that Cristiano Ronaldo will not play former club Manchester United in the Super Cup on August 8, with Real Madrid planning to give their talisman an extended break this summer.
The Portuguese maestro helped ensure a reunion with United when he scored a fabulous brace in Los Blancos’ comprehensive 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff last Saturday.
The Red Devils had already booked their place in the showpiece event in Macedonia after defeating Ajax in a comfortable 2-0 win in the Europa League final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on May 24.
However, Zinedine Zidane’s Spanish capital outfit plan on giving 32-year-old forward Ronaldo an extended rest during pre-season, meaning he will not face United.
Portugal are taking part in the Confederations Cup in Russia this summer, having won Euro 2016 in France last year, and Ronaldo will be given a month off after the tournament to recharge his batteries, according to Spanish daily sport newspaper, Marca.
The situation also greatly complicates the presence of Ronaldo in the friendlies that Madrid will play in the United States of America from July 23.
Like last summer, the global superstar will not set foot in America except for an early elimination for Portugal in the Confederations Cup, which does not seem likely.
It therefore seems almost impossible for Ronaldo to feature in Miami on July 29 for Real’s pre-season El Clasico with Barcelona.