Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been speculated about re-joining his old side Manchester United this summer on more than one occasion. Both sides’ managers have repeatedly refuted the claims, and Ronaldo himself has no intention of leaving.
The rumour arose again after Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia gave up his #7 jersey – which the media speculated was for Ronaldo’s return. However, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
During his time in the Premier League, the Portuguese international was a cult hero and role model to the fans of United. In the six years he spent in England, he netted 117 goals in 290 games.
Sources close to the 28-year old have suggested there has been no contact with Manchester United for Ronaldo this summer – nor is any intended to be.
Ronaldo originally joined Real Madrid for a world-record £80M, and Manchester United will not entertain that sort of fee to bring him back, should they even want him.
The biggest argument is why the Premier League champions even need the Portuguese international back with the side. Ronaldo left in 2009, and Manchester United have gone on to win two Premier League titles in four seasons – besting the challenge of Chelsea and Manchester City.
There’s no doubt Ronaldo could still fill a void in the side – potentially bettering their success this season. But Real Madrid would not be prepared to take a loss on the £80M they had paid for him – especially as he is currently in his prime. His astronomical wages would also shatter the structure at Manchester United.
Getting a world-class central midfielder they have been craving for a number of years remains the target for the Premier League side, and sources close to the club are suggesting how the Red Devils would never consider spending such a price to bring Ronaldo back.
The media can speculate, but David Moyes will not entertain the idea of the 28-year old returning to Old Trafford.