CRISTIANO RONALDO has not ruled out a sensational move to Brazilian outfit Flamengo.

Rumours started to swirl when Flamengo vice president, Marcelo Braz, met up with Ronaldo's mum Dolores Aveiro earlier this month.

While visiting Ronaldo's home island of Madeira to recruit a coach for Flamengo, he posted a picture to Instagram alongside Dolores, and joked about signing the 36-year-old star.

Braz wrote: "Persuasion always starts with the family. LOL. @doloresaveiroofficial. Of course this is all an affectionate joke with the mother of number one, CR7."

The picture sent Flamengo fans into a frenzy, and comes amid rumours Ronaldo could quit Manchester United in the summer.

He revealed that he doesn't accept a Premier League finish that isn't in the top three, and United are currently languishing in seventh.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil, Ronaldo admitted Portuguese speaking Brazil was a 'brother country' to him, with his sister also living in South America.

He said: "In football everything is possible, I don't know.

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"What I can say, with absolute certainty, is that Brazil is a brother country.

"Because of the relationship I have with my colleagues, because of the culture, the Brazilians who live in Portugal.

"My sister lives in Brazil, she is married to a Brazilian. I take my nutrition courses with Brazilians. It's a country for which I have great regard, I know a lot about Brazil.

"Nobody knows how to play. Nobody said I was going to return to Manchester [United] at 36, and here I am.

"Playing in Brazil? I don't know. It's far from my thoughts. But in football anything is possible, I don't know."

Dolores is Ronaldo's biggest fan, and has previously revealed that her son will carry on playing until he is 40.

That leaves plenty of time for a short stint with Flamengo.

Ronaldo penned a two-year deal upon his emotional return to Manchester United last year.

And despite saying a move to Brazil is 'far from' his thoughts, he failed to rule out a transfer to the other side of the Atlantic.

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