Cristiano Ronaldo buys £12m New York apartment in Trump Tower

Real Madrid star could move to MLS in 2018

Inside Cristiano Ronaldo's $18.5 Million NYC Apartment
Cristiano Ronaldo is fuelling rumours he is considering joining the MLS once his Real Madrid contract is up by purchasing a luxury New York City apartment.

The football star has snapped up the 2,500 square feet loft in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. The exclusive luxury apartment has set him back an eye-watering $18.5million (£11.8m).

The three-bedroom penthouse has spectacular panoramic views of Central Park to the north, sweeping west to the Hudson River, and then south with breathtaking views of Manhattan's most iconic buildings, including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Freedom Tower.

The loft did belong to Alessandro Proto, an Italian real-estate tycoon and business partner of the building's billionaire owner, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

MLS move?

Portuguese international Ronaldo, the current World Player of the Year, is thought to be considering a move to Major League Soccer in the US when his Madrid contract ends in 2018.

The timing would fit with the planned first season of new franchise LAFC, with Ronaldo said to be keen on a move to California.

Former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard recently made the switch to the city's existing team, LA Galaxy, where David Beckham famously spent five seasons.

But Ronaldo's purchase of a New York pad might arouse the attention of New York Red Bulls and New York City FC, reports the Daily Mail.

The former once employed France and Arsenal star Thierry Henry, while NYCFC have Spain's all-time top goalscorer David Villa and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard on their books.