Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly tempted by a sensational return to Manchester United. The Portugal international left Old Trafford for Real Madrid back in the summer transfer window of 2009. And he could now be on the move from Juventus as they look to balance the books.
Ronaldo signed for United from Sporting Lisbon as David Beckham’s replacement in 2003 and immediately propelled the club to FA Cup glory the following year, scoring against Millwall in the final.
He went on to win three Premier League titles at Old Trafford and also lifted the Champions League with the Red Devils back in 2008, scoring in the final victory over Chelsea.
In the end, United were powerless to prevent Ronaldo from leaving.
The 35-year-old had always dreamed of playing for Real Madrid and got his wish in 2009, a year after Sir Alex Ferguson had first blocked a move to the Bernabeu.
And, now, Fox America journalist Christian Martin has sensational claimed that Ronaldo is tempted to leave Juventus for United at the end of the current campaign.
“LAST MOMENT: our sources in Manchester and Porto confirm that Manchester United tempted Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to the club for next season,” he said on Twitter.
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“The Portuguese analyzes it. Juventus would negotiate it if he asks for it.”
Juventus are reportedly keen to get Ronaldo off their wage bill, with the veteran earning over £50million per season in Turin.
That’s twice as much as the club’s second highest-earner Paulo Dybala and, with the coronavirus crisis impacting their finances, a parting of the ways could be on the cards.
United have moved away from big-name signings ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager back in December 2018.
The majority of their recruits have been young talents, with Edinson Cavani and Odion Ighalo the only exceptions.
But Solskjaer played alongside Ronaldo at Old Trafford and could now be tempted to bring him home, particularly after missing out on Jadon Sancho in the summer transfer window just gone.
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He’s previously admitted he’d love to have the Juventus star in his XI.
And Ronaldo has always maintained a good relationship with his old club, despite scoring against them on three separate occasions since jumping ship 11 years ago.
Meanwhile, although Ronaldo seems tempted by a return to United, pundit Andy Townsend thinks Manchester City should sign the forward instead.
He told talkSport: “If you want goals then I think he’s still the ultimate goal machine.
“I know Messi and there has been so much mileage on the debate over the years but I still think Ronaldo still has the desire and want to be remembered as the greatest. He will in some people’s eyes but he won’t in others.
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“He’s still got a desire to score goals. More than anything on the field now, he just wants to score goals.
“He’s at that period where his eyes light up every time there’s a free-kick at whatever angle. Whenever he gets the chance to shoot he will. Even when others are better placed, forget that.
“He’s unbelievable in the air, which we’ve seen in a Juventus shirt already.
“If he became available and Juve wanted out on him and Man City needed goals for their team then I don’t think you should hesitate in going to get Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He’s 35 and I still think he’s got 18 months in him. If he came to Man City and the way they play I think he could go there and get 25 in his first season.”
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