In his fourth season at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo sees himself with an opportunity to return to a stadium he once called home, albeit still in the capacity of a Real Madrid player. The reigning Spanish champions have been paired against Manchester United in the first knockout round of the Champions League and the second leg of the tie will see Ronaldo return to Old Trafford. Without a shadow of doubt, this will be the event of the entire round of matches and the fans already await the moment.
If reports floating around the transfer market are to be believed, the Portuguese star is already considering a move back to the red half of Manchester. However, he recognizes the situation and is aware of the fact that his price is something that is implausible to meet for any club. Sir Alex Ferguson too would love the concept of reuniting with the prodigy he crafted into a champion but unless something goes dramatically wrong at Real Madrid, Ronaldo is unlikely to move in the foreseeable future.
Having already won the La Liga and Copa Del Rey with the Spanish outfit, Champions League only remains to be the tangible target Ronaldo would want to realize while playing in Spain. Ronaldo is not one of those players who form any extra-ordinarily emotional bond with the club or the fans and hence there’s a reason to believe he’d not end his career at Real Madrid. Move, he certainly will and if the reported sentiments of the player are a hint, one might not be surprised to see him don the Manchester United colours one more time.
Ronaldo’s transfer fees are assumed to be somewhere close to £122 M, which is something even the likes of PSG and Manchester City will find hard to meet. The only catch here is the current state of the Real Madrid dressing room, which is far from healthy. The recent omission of skipper Iker Casillas could well end the stint of Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho – who himself is considered an heir to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Should Mourinho leave at the end of the season, Ronaldo will surely contemplate his future at the club but at this stage it is extremely difficult to predict how soon a move away from Real Madrid will materialize.
Manchester United are presently booming with attacking talents in their rank and by no means do they ‘need’ to add any more players to their already potent offence. However, Cristiano Ronaldo is one player any team would bench their regular starters for and even go on to change the formation and tactics to accommodate him in their game-play. However, one thing is pretty certain – should Ronaldo show a real desire to play for Manchester United in a season’s time or two, Sir Alex will need to take some tough calls which may even mean the exclusion of the crowd favorite Chicharito and the ever-improving academy graduate Danny Welbeck. Every proposition is too preposterous at this stage though. Given the professional that Ronaldo is, his commitment to Real Madrid is pretty intact at this stage and only at the end of the season, depending on a various other factors, will he give the due attention to his future.