Manchester United fans held firm to the belief that Cristiano Ronaldo would one day return to the club that made him famous. The Real Madrid superstar though has dampened this rumour as The Metro carry quotes from him linking Ronaldo to Brazil.
Cristiano Ronaldo began his career in Sporting Lisbon’s proficient youth academy where he played 25 first team games before making his British move in 2003 for £12.24m. Sir Alex Ferguson showed faith in him immediately by offering Ronaldo the famous number 7 shirt once held by the likes of David Beckham. Between 2003-2009 Ronaldo was a star in the Premier League with the winger netting 84 times in 196 matches, 118 in 292 in all competitions.
In June 2009, Real Madrid agreed a mega £80m deal with Manchester United for Ronaldo’s services, putting an end speculation linking him to Los Blancos. His buy-out clause was set at €1 billion and since then Ronaldo has gone on to be one of the greatest players ever to take to a football pitch. Ronaldo has a La Liga goals record of 205 goals in just 182 matches whilst his record in all competitions is 288 goal in 276 games.
Ronaldo won another FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy at the start of January but it seems the 118 capped Portuguese international is willing to move to Brazil to finish his career rather than back to Manchester United. The 29-year-old said: “Corinthians and Flamengo are two famous club, I would gladly dress in one of their shirts. In Brazil I have many friends, so my relationship with the country is very good. At Real I have passed many Brazilians, with Kaka one of the people I respect most of all.”
Where do you think Ronaldo will end up? Will he ever return to Manchester United?