The best footballer in the world, who is also a Manchester United legend, has been linked with a move back to Old Trafford ever since he transferred to Real Madrid.
It seems as though every summer there are reports, formed on the most tedious tips, to claim that Ronnie’s return is imminent.
There are two main issues reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo is very unlikely to return. The first is his desire for success.
In La Liga, and with his ever improving world class team around him, Ronaldo can score for fun. He’s destroyed so many Spanish league and Real Madrid records in his relatively short time at the club.
La Liga is also the only league where he can realistically win the Ballon d’Or. For some reason, FIFA regard La Liga as the best league in the world, and thinks that it is difficult for Madrid and Barcelona to succeed. This is of course false.
However, it is the only league in the world where he can be directly compared to the other contender to the best player in the world award, Lionel Messi.
Cristiano did win the FIFA World Player of the Year award whilst at Manchester United, in 2008, after his 42 goal season, but over his 6 years in Spain, he’s averaged just under 54 goals a season. There’s very little chance that he could do that in the Premier League, so to stay competitive he must stay in Spain.
The second, and possibly the most significant issue, is that he’s supported Real Madrid since he was a young boy learning football, on the small island of Madeira.
Speaking to Marca, Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his intent to retire at the Bernabéu.
The Portuguese superstar said:
“My dream is to retire at Real Madrid. If you take care of yourself you can play until you are 40.”
“I want to keep going for another five or six years. I feel good and useful in Madrid and I want to win here.”
“I am not satisfied, I want more. I’m the only one that has four but I want the fifth and the sixth.”
Deep down, Manchester United fans have always known that their Champions League winning hero was never likely to return, but nothing’s ever certain in football.