Barcelona’s and Real Madrid’s interest in Ronaldo is to be expected – after all, Ronny grew up watching these two clubs and dreaming to play for them. These two are also the only clubs that could pry Ronaldo away from Manchester United (although Milan or Inter could, in a couple of years, be an option as well).
Barca and Real both have the cash to meet Manchester United’s evaluation of Cristiano Ronaldo (30-35 mil) and all hinges on the combined abilities of Quieroz and Ferguson to convince Ronaldo that United is a better place for him.
Come to think of it, why are we even bothering with this? Ronaldo’s actions post-World Cup were a direct consequence of the lambasting he received from the English media, not a problem with Manchester United. The player is happy at Old Trafford, he’s got friends here and he’s settled in quite well into Ferguson’s system.
Ronaldo’s 21, not 61, that he’d be bothered with the weather. He’s also much stronger in spirit than Reyes.
One thing Ronaldo definitely has is extreme ambition, so I expect him to want to leave Manchester United if we don’t win trophies in the next couple of years. But then again, that’s the case with all stars – you’d be hearing grumbling about Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney as well if Manchester United were stuck in 2nd or 3rd place again this season.
Why the fixation with Ronaldo? Top form this season, plus what happened post-World Cup. Both Barca and Real will play on Ronaldo’s desire to play in Spain (similar to Rossi’s wish to play in Italy), but they should also know that it won’t happen anytime soon.
And not in the next 10 years, if Ferguson can help it.
So…would you swap Ronaldo for Ronaldinho?