Chelsea would ‘benefit’ from signing free agent Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Portuguese icon having a point to prove following his brutal exit from Manchester United last month. 

That is according to former Stamford Bridge favourite William Gallas, who has tipped the 37-year-old to be the perfect short-term fix for Graham Potter’s side, who have notoriously struggled to find the net in the first half of the Premier League season. 

Their tally of 17 top-flight goals up to this point is the lowest of any team in the top half, with two teams in the bottom half having also scored more.

What’s the word?

As per The Metro, Gallas believes that Ronaldo still has something to offer and has urged his former club to move for the Portugal great. 

The Frenchman said: ‘What I know is Todd Boehly wanted Cristiano Ronaldo in his squad when Thomas Tuchel did not.

‘Maybe it’s a good opportunity for six months to bring Ronaldo to Chelsea. But as Ronaldo said, if he wins a World Cup, he’ll retire!

‘It would be good for Ronaldo to go to Chelsea so he can still play in the Champions League and it can benefit Chelsea too because they need a striker.’

The Metro also states that Ronaldo has received offers from Saudi Arabia and Australia, although he is said to be holding out for a move to a UEFA Champions League club.

Still got it?

The lambasting of Ronaldo in recent months is like nothing we have seen before. People are genuinely writing off a star who finished as Manchester United’s top scorer with 18 goals last season, making him the third-highest scorer in the 2021/22 Premier League.

With the 37-year-old not given sufficient game-time this term, amidst behind-the-scenes politics with Erik ten Hag and Manchester United respectively, there is a widespread consensus that some now believe the veteran is finished at the top level.

It may go down as one of the most bewildering departures of all time from a football club, with Ronaldo’s goal output shrinking rapidly in the current campaign. 

He registered just one goal in the Premier League from four starts in a United team which has created just four more ‘big chances’ than Southampton this season. 

The decision to leave Old Trafford suited both parties considering the animosity which had arisen, with Gallas right in saying that Ronaldo has a point to prove. 

He could well do that at Chelsea, although it would be a big risk, even with Potter’s side having managed just 17 big chances this season and struggling in front of goal. 

With Ronaldo’s newly-acquired status as out-and-out target man, he now requires a team who create an abundance of chances if he wants to get anywhere near the goalscoring heights that he has displayed in the past.

If Potter can fix Chelsea’s chance creation issue, a move to Stamford Bridge could suit Ronaldo down to a tee. Until then, however, it would arguably be an even greater risk than his move to Manchester United turned out to be.

Make no mistake though, the £500k-per-week star has still got it, as he showed when playing regularly last season, and could still do the business at a team which is right for him. 

His next venture may well be integral to his legacy.