Man Utd: Legend Ronaldo Must Finish His Career At Old Trafford

“Manchester United are the club of my heart, I loved it there and I want to go back some day...” (or so he says)
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“Manchester United are the club of my heart, I loved it there and I want to go back some day...” (or so he says)

Man Utd: Legend Ronaldo Must Finish His Career At Old Trafford

Cristiano Ronaldo has never made a secret of the fact that one day he would love to return to Old Trafford.

It has been mentioned by the Portuguese winger several times in interviews since he left Manchester in 2009 for the bright lights of Madrid. His most recent declaration had United fans purring at the possibility.

“Manchester United are the club of my heart, I loved it there and I want to go back some day”.

Ronaldo also told reporters that if he were president of Real Madrid during this summer's transfer window that he “would have done things differently”. The club sold off the most important parts of their engine room in Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso to accommodate Florentino Perez' Galacticos in the form of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, which has not been the most popular move made by Perez during his tenure.

Perez hit back declaring that “nobody is indispensable” to the club, which might have caught Ronaldo and Jorge Mendes' attention. It seems as though Ronaldo may be looking to jump before he is pushed from the dizzying heights he has reached as the star attraction of the “Galacticos” show.

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Enter Guillem Balague now claiming that everything is in place for a not-so-shocking return of last year's Ballon d'Or winner to the Theatre of Dreams. Finance is not an issue for Manchester United and it would suit the 29-year-old who would revel in a starring role under Louis van Gaal to ultimately finish of a glittering career at the very pinnacle of the sport.

Also worth noting is that Gareth Bale has taken the Santiago Bernabeu by storm with his hard-running style, willingness to work hard and modest demeanour which has placed Ronaldo in the passenger seat, something that has not gone amiss of the very image-conscious Ronaldo. Bale will continue to flourish under Carlo Ancelotti and it has well and truly won over the fans and gained their trust.

The powers that be at Real Madrid are also concerned in relation to the degenerative knee disorder, patellar tendinitis, that has plagued Ronaldo for much of the year. It may be the sign of a man whose body is breaking down, and it may be a case of needing a new environment with a team and manager where you have nothing to prove.

In any case, Ronaldo won't be left feeling homesick if he is to head towards the Northwest of England. Former teammate Angel di Maria is but one of many familiar faces who will be there to greet him if he is to make an exciting return.

@bobdonadini