Cristiano Ronaldo could feasibly return to Manchester United this summer, with the Juventus star looking increasingly likely to leave the Allianz Stadium behind. So, with that the case, it’s time to throw things back. The Portugal international reportedly held talks with Manchester City over a surprising move to the Etihad Stadium, only for the finances involved to see the deal never take off.
Ronaldo has been in fine form at the European Championships so far.
He’s bagged braces against Hungary and France, while also notching during his side’s 4-2 defeat to Germany.
Ronaldo appears to be making himself as appealing as possible to potential suitors, with United strongly linked with a move.
Reports have suggested the Red Devils are willing to pay the 36-year-old huge wages worth £17million a year in order to come back, 12 years after he departed Old Trafford for Real Madrid.
And, during his time with Real Madrid, the forward’s camp held talks with City about a potential move to the Etihad Stadium.
This was reported by The Guardian in 2014, who claimed City contacted Ronaldo’s entourage and agent Jorge Mendes back in the summer transfer window of 2012.
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It was said, however, that City withdrew from talks the minute they learned the Portugal international would demand a weekly wage in the region of £385,000-a-week in order to move back to the Premier League.
And the rest, as the old saying goes, is history.
Ronaldo ended up staying at Real Madrid, where he’d go on to propel the club to four Champions League titles – including three on the spin during Zinedine Zidane’s time in charge.
He then left in 2018, believing he’d accomplished everything possible during his time in Spain and also thinking Real hadn’t worked hard enough to keep him.
Ronaldo has continued to sparkle at Juventus, clocking up over 100 goals for the club in just three seasons so far.
But a parting of the ways is looking increasingly likely, with the Old Lady looking to get him off the wage bill as they seek to balance the books in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
United could very well be his next club.
Though Jadon Sancho is their priority at the current moment in time, and a deal for the Borussia Dortmund star is edging closer, the Glazers know they need to win supporters round.
A return for a Ronaldo still going strong would certainly be a step in the right direction, even if his salary demands remain high.
But United can be forgiven for thinking it over, especially with the club yet to win the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
Writing on social media last month, Ronaldo appeared to bid farewell to Juventus by thanking everybody at the club for their hard work over the past three years.
The veteran said: “The life and career of any top player are made of ups and downs. Year after year, we face fantastic teams, with extraordinary players and ambitious goals, so we always have to give our best to keep ourselves at excellence levels.
“This year we couldn’t win Serie A, congratulations to Inter for the well-deserved title. However, I have to value everything that we achieved this season at Juventus, both in collective and individual terms.
“The Italian Super Cup, the Italian Cup and the Serie A Top Scorer trophy fill me with happiness, mainly due to the difficulty they carry with them, in a country where nothing is easy to win.
“With these achievements, I reached a goal that I had set myself since the first day I arrived in Italy: to win the Championship, the Cup and the Super Cup, and also to be Best Player and top scorer in this great football country filled with tremendous players, giant clubs and a very own football culture.
“I’ve already said that I don’t chase records, records chase me. For those who don’t understand what I mean by this, it’s very simple: football is a collective game, but it is through individual overcoming that we help our teams achieve their goals.
“It is always looking for more and more on the field, working more and more off the field, that records eventually emerge and collective titles become inevitable, some being the natural consequence of the other.
“So, I’m very proud with this fact that has been widely replicated in recent days: Champion in England, Spain and Italy; Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Super Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; best player in England, Spain and Italy; best scorer in England, Spain and Italy; Over 100 goals for a club in England, Spain and Italy.
“Nothing compares to the feeling of knowing that I’ve left my mark in the countries where I’ve played, and that I gave joy to the fans of the clubs I represented.
“This is what I work for, this is what moves me and this is what I’ll always keep chasing for until the last day.
“Thanks to everyone who took part in this journey! We stand together!”