Cristiano Ronaldo could be on his way back to Old Trafford and Manchester United after reports that the Portuguese superstar wants to leave Spain and Real Madrid.
The reports of Ronaldo’s alleged willingness to move away from the Spanish capital came after a Spanish prosecutor accused the 32-year-old forward of tax fraud between the years 2011-2014. The prosecutor argues that Ronaldo used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to defraud Spanish tax authorities of a total of $16.5 million.
This has sparked rumors that Ronaldo is seeking a move away from Real Madrid, and that he would like to go back to England for a second stint with Manchester United. Ronaldo spent six seasons at Old Trafford before he left to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. He made just more than 250 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions, scoring 113 goals in the process. He won three Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy and one FA Cup in those six seasons.
During his time in Spain he’s become of the best players in the world alongside Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, and in 394 appearances for Real Madrid he’s managed to score a staggering 406 goals. He wrapped up this past season by scoring twice in the Champions League final as Real Madrid took a 4-1 win over Italian champions Juventus to become the first team to win the competition back-to-back since the early 1990s. He also won the La Liga title, as Real edged out rivals Barcelona at the top of the standings.
Ronaldo’s trophy cabinet is stacked, having filled it up with three Champions League trophies, two La Liga titles and two domestic cup titles in the eight seasons he’s spent in the Spanish capital.
So, with these rumors circulating, Manchester United should be extremely interested to get Ronaldo back if it’s a real possibility. This could be stunt in order for Ronaldo to get a pay bump from Real; we’ve seen numerous players do that before, including United captain Wayne Rooney.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was re-elected on Monday but didn’t make any comment about Ronaldo in his news conference. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving Manchester after just one season because of an injury, the team is in need of a quality forward who can score goals and sell shirts.
Getting Ronaldo back would tick off all the boxes, as he has shown that he’s an amazing goal scorer, along with being one of the most marketable players in the game. You could argue that it might be a bit shortsighted to bring back Ronaldo at 32, but with the shape he’s in, he shouldn’t have any problem playing on the highest level for at least another 4-5 years. He would cost a lot more than the £80 million Manchester United got for him in 2009, but the team has the financial muscles to pull it off. He would also sell a boatload of jerseys, and make the club even more attractive for sponsors.
With younger players like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the team, having them train day-in and day-out with Ronaldo would be invaluable ,as the Portuguese star surely has a thing or two to teach them.
If Wayne Rooney leaves the club, the team would be without a real talisman, and Rooney has been on the decline for a while now. So bringing Ronaldo back for a second stint at the club should be a no-brainer. However, one thing that could kill the deal would be if it drags on for too long. United needs to improve the squad now, and manager Jose Mourinho likes to get deals done early so that he has the full squad for preseason training.
With United being linked to several top strikers in Europe, including Ronaldo’s teammate Alvaro Morata, theyclub can’t afford to just sit and wait just to have Ronaldo change his mind on the last day of the transfer window. United will have to proceed with the targets it had heading into the summer.
And if Ronaldo does become available, you make sure to take a stab at getting him back to England.
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