They still sing Ronaldo’s name at Old Trafford…
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Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested he would love to return to Manchester United in the future.
The Portuguese spent six highly productive years at Old Trafford winning three league titles, the Champions League and numerous other trophies.
But despite making a blistering start to the season at Real Madrid under new boss Jose Mourinho, Ronaldo has refused to rule out a move back to the North West giants.
He said: ‘To be honest I miss the Premier League a lot. Of course I have good memories about Manchester. I have good friends there and I miss them a lot, so you never know.
‘Sir Alex Ferguson is like a second father for me. He helped me a lot during the six years I was in Manchester, he taught me many things.’ (Daily Mail)
Cristiano Ronaldo really doesn’t like to rule anything out.
He could move back to England. Or he might stay in Spain.
At this moment, there is just no guarantee of either. Anything could happen, and as Ronaldo says, you just never know.
If there is any more substance to the story than initial impressions portray though, what would the Portuguese international’s motivation for leaving Real Madrid be?
Sure, Ronaldo has friends in England, but he undoubtedly has them in Spain too, and he is certainly much closer proximity to his family on the Iberian peninsula – including his newborn son Cristiano Ronaldo Junior.
In a footballing sense too, there is no reason for him to want to go.
Ronaldo is in the best form of his life. In eleven games in La Liga, he has scored twelve goals, and also showed himself to be a great team player under Jose Mourinho.
He is most certainly a star – the star – in the Real Madrid team, but there is sometimes a sense that Mesut Ozil’s rapid adaptation to Los Merengues has seen a new crowd favourite at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Germany midfielder has captivated the fans and media in a way that Ronaldo has never quite been able to do. His hard work and graft, coupled with outstanding technique and guile, have won him considerable acclaim, and while Ronaldo’s statistics cannot be argued with, Ozil’s quiet determined approach contrasts hugely with Ronaldo’s undoubted posturing.
In England, he was immensely appreciated by the press – though rival teams’ fans loved to hate him – and Sir Alex Ferguson went so far as to build a team around him, often shifting Wayne Rooney to the left wing to compensate.
In the next few years, Ferguson will retire. Jose Mourinho is reportedly next in line for the Old Trafford hotseat, and perhaps then the Portugal captain would follow.
Nevertheless, it is difficult to see Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid at present. Though one can never rule anything out.