Real Madrid’s talisman still dreams of returning to Manchester United one day, according to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Ronaldo still holds a special place in the hearts of United fans and the goalscoring sensation clearly still has an affection towards his old club. This said, though, Ballague is aware that the time for Ronaldo to return to his former stomping ground may have come and gone.
“He keeps dreaming of going to United, but it does not make sense as United are in a different place and he would be fighting with his own shadow,” Balague is quoted by Sky Sports as saying.
He does concede, however, that United are one of a handful of clubs around the globe which could afford to prize him from the Spanish capital.
“But the financial situation is there for United to get him.”
With two years to go on the 30-year-old’s current deal, Balague claims he could go early or Real will push to tie him down to a new contract this summer.
“This could be his last year,” he told Sky Sports.
“It is quite clear there is a strategy in place, both by Real and from Ronaldo, to push the situation to a limit next summer.
“He still has two years left on his contract, he will have to either renew his contract, or Real will have to accept an offer for him from PSG, or whoever.”
With his 31st birthday on the horizon and an extortionate sum surely wanted by Real for his talents, one must wonder as to the reasoning why United would want him back despite the fanfare which would surround his arrival.
That said, his rise to world-beating status has been relentless and doesn’t look like stopping having just resumed his place as the highest scoring player of all time in the Champions League, followed closely by Lionel Messi.
His fee would fall close to the £100 million mark, one would imagine, so if United or PSG were to come in for him, it would have to be a balancing act between the on-field value Ronaldo will provide in the short-term and the marketing assets he also takes to his chosen new club, if he leaves that is.
One way or another, this summer looks to be the most pivotal in deciding Ronaldo’s last ‘big’ move or if he is set to begin his ultimate and unfortunate decline at the club which has brought him almost endless success.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena