Ronaldo Return to United Would Not Be the Biggest Shock Ever Seen
Could Cristiano Ronaldo really be heading back to Manchester United? It’s not the most outlandish transfer rumour that will be doing the rounds this summer.
Ronaldo is said to be incensed after being accused by Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the tax authorities to the tune of £14.7 million.
There has been no official word from Ronaldo on the subject, but Portuguese newspaper A Bola claims the world footballer of the year is intent on leaving Spain.
The situation has piqued the interest of clubs across the globe, notably Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo in a Chevrolet-branded Manchester United shirt. This is not you and your friends playing FIFA on the X Box, this is real life and it could happen.
The flicks, tricks and stepovers may have been born on Madeira and sharpened at Sporting Lisbon, but they were crafted at Manchester United. A six-year spell at Old Trafford set the 32-year-old on the path to global superstardom that has brought him European cups, league title and world player of the year crowns.
It may be a case of Ronaldo and his representatives playing a canny game in an effort to secure a new deal out of Real Madrid, as happened in 2013, but there is a nagging feeling that divorce talks are underway.
For all the brilliance he has produced at Real, the goals he has scored and titles he has won, Ronaldo has never been loved at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Marriages of convenience tend to suit both parties, and Ronaldo and Real have greatly benefited from their eight years together.
But it could be time for one final move and where better than Old Trafford?
Even at 32, Ronaldo would not come cheap. The word from A Bola is that it would cost somewhere in the region of £150 million to get him out of Madrid, and with no sell-on value that would be an almighty outlay. But it would be an outlay with a virtual guarantee of success.
United are currently third favourites at 4.30 with 188BET for Premier League glory. The arrival of Ronaldo at Old Trafford would see those odds disappear; they would displace cross-town rivals Manchester City as favourites in the blink of an eye.
Jose Mourinho coached Ronaldo for a spell at Real Madrid and although their relationship was not always perfect, they are both serial winners and well suited to one another.
Ronaldo is no longer the jet-heeled winger who burst onto the scene as a scrawny teenager in 2003 – that debut at Bolton Wanderers still sticks in the memory – he is now a tough-as-teak No. 9; the perfect man to fill Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s boots.
Ronaldo embarked on his road to superstardom during a spell with the Red Devils and the prospect of ending his career in red would certainly appeal to the player. He loves personal milestones and hunting down Wayne Rooney as the club’s top scorer would be a challenge Ronaldo would relish.
Don’t be surprised if Ronaldo is rolled out at the Bernabeu, new deal in hand, but it could be the end of the road for him in Spain and there are few clubs with the resource and pulling power of United capable of landing him.
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