Cristiano Ronaldo has been talking to the press about his beloved Manchester United, and is convinced that better things lie ahead for them in the wake of their summer signings.
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo declared his love for Manchester United when the press corps caught up with him at a Tag Heuer track event where the legend got to drive an £800,000 McLaren supercar, with F1 driver Jenson Button. He was quoted in The Mail as gushing:
‘I love Manchester. Everyone knows that — I have said it many times. Manchester is in my heart. I left many good friends there, the supporters are amazing and I wish I can come back one day.
Manchester United fans still miss the Portuguese legend and he hinted that he would love to return and play for the club where he made his name.
‘I am happy here in Real Madrid and have four more years, but in the future you never know because they treated me unbelievably there.’
But perhaps United fans shouldn’t get their hopes up as the Ballon d’Or winner has another four years left in his contract at the Bernabeu and given his unbelievable form for Los Blancos a return to the Premier League seems unlikely. That said his love for the club seems genuine; fans will recall the striker’s refusal to celebrate his goal in Old Trafford against them in a Champions League tie in 2013.
Looking at the new arrivals he thinks that United’s spectacular signings of Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria will transform the ailing fortunes of the Old Trafford outfit. Angel di Maria is a player he knows well, having lined out alongside him for Los Blancos. When asked about Manchester United’s woes he replied:
‘This can happen. Bad moments and good moments. Manchester is passing though a bad moment. Last year it was a horrible season and this year they haven’t started well, either. But I do think they did well to buy Di Maria and Falcao. I think the team will be much better. I want to see them better because it is such a fantastic club and they deserve to be better.”
And while many have been questioning the signing of a striker instead of reinforcements at the back Ronaldo disagrees insisting the Colombian is an excellent signing.
‘Falcao is a very good signing. He is a very good player.’
He publicly questioned di Maria’s sale to Manchester United, believing the winger to be a player of vital importance to Real Madrid. Speaking to Spanish reporters on the Argentinians departure he replied:
“I have strong opinions, but I can’t always say what I think, If it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done so. But if the president thinks the best thing for the team is to sign players and let others leave, we must respect and support the decision.”
Love him or loath him nobody can deny that Ronaldo is truly deserving of the accolades he received this year. His scoring record for Real Madrid is nothing short of transcendent with an astonishing 255 goals in 250 games. In high stool conversations amongst footballing fans Lionel Messi usually gets the nod for the best player in the world but at this stage Ronaldo has to be coming close.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.