Report: Cristiano Ronaldo plans to play in MLS beginning in 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo shirtless

Cristiano Ronaldo in MLS. It might not be too far away.

Just a couple of months after Ronaldo's agent indicated that "perhaps he will go to the United States" after his Real Madrid contract is up in the summer of 2018, a new report is fueling the speculation.

And it names cities.

In a Tuesday article on, Grant Wahl cites a source that Ronaldo "would likely arrive [in MLS] on a free transfer in 2018 once his current contract ends," echoing the comments made by his representative, Jorge Mendes. Ronaldo will be 33 years old in the summer of 2018.

But the report goes as far as to add that "Ronaldo's main interest lies in cities you'd probably expect: Miami, Los Angeles and New York."

New York City FC this year became the second MLS club based in the Big Apple, joining the New York Red Bulls. There will soon be two MLS clubs in Los Angeles again when a team currently referred to as "LAFC" comes online in 2017 to join the LA Galaxy.

David Beckham is leading a prospective ownership group working on a potential Miami bid for MLS expansion.