With persistent rumours about a possible Cristiano Ronaldo move back to Manchester United, reports have emerged indicating the amount of cash required to make the deal happen. Meanwhile, a United fan group is taking to the skies to make its voice heard.
The Cristiatino Ronaldo transfer saga continues to make the back pages with reports in The Express indicating that a world record transfer fee of £140 million will be required to bring the superstar back to Old Trafford. In addition to this astronomical number Ronaldo’s representatives have made it clear that United would have to stump up wages of £380,000-per-week to get their man.
Despite the eye watering sums involved it appears United fans are still desperate to see their idol return. The Guardian reports that a fan group known as Reel United are planning a stunt for Saturday’s Real Madrid game against Villarreal. They have hired a light aircraft to fly a banner over the stadium saying ‘COME HOME RONALDO’. A spokesman for the group explained the story behind it:
“Members from all over the world have donated their own money and resources to fund a mind game message flown by plane during the Villarreal v Real Madrid match in a bid to demonstrate to Cristiano Ronaldo how much the United Faithful still love and support him.”
“With the uncertainty regarding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, United Reel deem it essential the player can not only feel but also see how much the fans still love him and how proud they are of his achievements since he left Manchester United. United Reel has active supporters on every continent of the world and we are all united by our love for Cristiano both as a football player and as a person. We stand united in our views and we won’t stop until we BRING RONALDO HOME.”
It is not the first time that the United faithful have taken to the skies to get their message across; last season an aircraft carrying the message ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out’ was seen in the skies above Old Trafford during a game against Aston Villa, a stunt which added to the pressure on the doomed ex-Manchester United boss.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.