Cristiano Ronaldo became one of Manchester United's greatest ever players during his time at Old Trafford, winning numerous club and personal trophies along the way. The Portuguese midfielder eventually got his much sought after move to Real Madrid and Sir Alex Ferguson does not believe Ronaldo will return to the Theater of Dreams any time soon.
Ronaldo will, in fact, return to Old Trafford, just not in the capacity that most United fans would like to see. Ronaldo's Real will play against United in the round of 16 in the Champions League tournament with the second leg taking place at Old Trafford. Ferguson admits that if Ronaldo ever did express the desire and intent to return to United, he would be more than happy to sign the midfielder but although Patrice Evra has called for his old teammate to return to England, Ferguson cannot see it happening at this stage of his career.
Ferguson said, "I don't see it. I would love to think it. Maybe when he is about 39 and you are coming past my grave, but it is fanciful thinking really. First of all, how much would it take to get him from Real Madrid? Secondly, I don't think there is any chance they would want to sell him anyway. You never know. I don't know when his contract finishes and he may want to go to another club at some point in his career. Of course I would hope he'd want to come here. But that is a long way off."
Ferguson has insisted that Ronaldo will get a very warm reception when he takes to the Old Trafford pitch, which is justifiable due to the outstanding contributions that he made to the club over the course of his Red Devils career. After joking that United put in a clause in Ronaldo's Real Madrid contract that he cannot play against the Red Devils, Ferguson stated that the fans can boo him all they want after his welcome reception. Ferguson admitted that Ronaldo had always had it in his mind to one day play for the Spanish giants and that the Scot got an extra year out of him since he wanted to go to the Bernabeu the year before. Ferguson does not believe that Ronaldo showed the club disloyalty in that respect and stated that United were lucky to have him for six years and play such an important role in his development.
Ronaldo could prove to be a huge thorn in United's side over the course of the two legs with the Portuguese scoring six goals already in the group stage of the competition. Given United's struggling backline at the moment, the Red Devils will want to make sure that Ronaldo's chances are few and far between when the two sides meet in February and March.
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