Cristiano Ronaldo’s love affair with Manchester United never seems to fade away. The Real Madrid star regularly speaks of his admiration for his former club, and his close relationship with his now retired former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who signed the player from Sporting CP for a mere £12m back in 2003. Ever since his debut for Manchester United against Bolton Wanderers in his first season at the club he quickly became a fan favourite, with his spectacular skills on the ball, which most certainly did the club’s iconic number 7 shirt justice, donned previously by United legends Eric Cantona, David Beckham and George Best. Ronaldo quickly became regarded as one of the best players in world football, which by today’s standards makes the fee United paid for him look minuscule.
The player went on to win several titles with the Red Devils, and after winning the Champions League with United in 2008, Ronaldo played one more season with the side that arguably made him famous, and was widely tipped to join the team he dreamed of playing for when he was a boy, that being Real Madrid. Breaking United fans’ hearts, he left the club for a then World record transfer fee of £80m, a figure which has since been exceeded with Madrid paying in excess of this for Gareth Bale, whose fee was reported to be around £85m, as well as United’s signing of their former youth team player Paul Pogba from Juventus, who commanded a fee of £90m.
Upon transferring to Real Madrid, Ronaldo continued his remarkably successful career, going head to head with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and continued to receive plaudits from around the world, and has won 4 Ballon D’or awards in his career, the most prestigious award that can be won by a player in terms of their personal success.
Despite achieving his ultimate goal of playing for his boyhood club, Ronaldo has many times over the years been consistently linked with a return to his former team, only for the player to sign a renewed contract at Madrid. Eight years on from his dream move from Manchester United to Real Madrid however, Ronaldo continues to be linked, and despite Real Madrid recently becoming the first team to retain the Champion’s League Trophy, the Portuguese International has reportedly stated his intention to leave the Spanish club after becoming upset and angry after allegations of tax fraud from the Spanish authorities, and has even mentioned seriously considering a return to Manchester United. Sending Red Devils fans into sheer excitement, Ronaldo would most certainly be welcomed back with open arms, but despite coming towards the latter stages of his career at the age of 32, he will without a doubt command a phenomenonal transfer fee, and Manchester United will clearly need to break the bank to see a return for their former star.