So I’ve been seeing a lot of speculation concerning Cristiano Ronaldo and if he has plans for a return to Manchester United in the next summer transfer window. So let’s dive into this possibility of a reunion with Ronaldo in a red shirt at Old Trafford shall we?
Why would Ronaldo want to leave the Bernabéu? On the pitch Real Madrid are a force to be reckoned with in Spain’s La Liga. They have skill at every position, constantly challenging for the La Liga title, and are always in the Champions League. Last year they won the competition against rivals Atletico Madrid, came in tied for 2nd for the La Liga title with Barcelona and look to be in good position to challenge for both competitions this year. The issue may not be with the team but how it is being run by club President Florentino Perez.
It has been noted that Ronaldo was not too pleased with Real Madrid’s transfer maneuvers over the past few seasons letting midfielders Xabi Alonso, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria go to Bayern Munich, Arsenal and obviously Manchester United respectively. Bringing in players such as Toni Kroos and James Rodríguez has not seemed to placate the Portuguese international believing that the departing players still had important roles to play at the club. Former club president Ramon Calderon told Goal.com that Ronaldo has become “fed up” with team management, “Two years ago it was Gonzalo Higuain sold and he didn’t like that. Last year he thought it was a mistake to let Mesut Ozil leave and the last straw was selling Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria this summer.” If life for Ronaldo at Real Madrid has become so strained then it might be the perfect time for Manchester United to make a bid to buy.
Now I haven’t taken a look at what it would take financially to bring him back but I know that it would be tough. I’ve seen that he would want close to 500,000 pounds a week if he was to leave his current club next summer. This is an outrageous amount to me but hey, I’m a broke college kid and he is one of the best football players in the world so I can’t say I’m surprised. Along with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have thrown their names into the hat for potential suitors for Ronaldo’s services. Stepping away from the money side of things, of which is unfamiliar territory for me, I believe that United might have a leg up on the competition for Ronaldo if there was a bidding war for him.
One big piece is that Manchester United is his former club. He knows what it is like to play at Old Trafford and hear the supporters chant his name in the stands. Manchester is familiar enough to him to have sentimental value which could help in a potential move. Another reunion for him would be to play with Di Maria once again. Di Maria and other former teammates like Wayne Rooney could put the thought in his head about the great things he could do for the club with a possible return. I’m not sure if it is all fantasy but just imagine, in his first three transfer windows Louis van Gaal bringing in Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo. That would be something for the history books.