Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo has contract at Real Madrid until 2018.Getty Images

Almost half of Real Madrid fans have urged club officials to part ways with former Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo in a surprise poll by Spanish newspaper AS.

The Portuguese international star has been Real Madrid's lynchpin since his £80m ($126m) move from Manchester United in summer 2009, scoring 313 goals in 300 appearances for los Blancos and beating Lionel Messi to the 2015 Ballon D'or award after helping his side to win the club's tenth Champions League.

Although Real Madrid failed to win a single trophy during the season 2014-2015, the 30-year-old star managed to maintain his astonishing strike rate with 61 goals in 54 appearances.

However, some in Spain have accused the Portuguese of going missing in the big games while the Santiago Bernabeu fans whistled him in various games last season for his 'cocky' attitude and his lack of camaraderie with the rest of teammates.

The former United is under contract at Real Madrid until 2018 but a number of times he has suggested he would be open to the possibility of hanging up his boots at either Old Trafford or Sporting Lisbon.

A poll launched by Madrid-based newspaper AS, whose readers are mostly made up of Real Madrid fans, has now revealed that almost 50% would support his departure.

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Almost half of AS readers would sell Cristiano Ronaldo.AS

Asked whether the Portuguese should be offloaded, 49.96% of the AS readers (more than 15,700 people) say yes..

Meanwhile, another poll by AS revealed that the majority of the voters would let him go for a fee between €100m and €150m.