Cristiano Ronaldo has once again been linked with a return to Manchester United after the player admitted he’d love to “come home.”
Ronaldo left United in 2009 for a record-breaking £80 million, but any potential move back to England would surely dwarf that figure. United boss Alex Ferguson has also expressed in the past that he’d love to re-sign Ronaldo, however the biggest stumbling block remains the player’s wages as well as his buy-out clause, reported to be one billion euros.
It’s hard to argue that United wouldn’t find a way to accommodate the former World Player of the Year and Champions League winner. Ronaldo has only gone to better his game since arriving at Real Madrid, regularly squaring off against Lionel Messi in their own personal battle and surpassing 150 goals for the Spanish club.
But surely at this stage it’s all fantasy. Ronaldo has been rumoured to be looking for a move away from Spain since the story broke of his ‘sadness’ at the start of the season, but the frontrunners remain PSG and Manchester City.
Real Madrid will seek a figure above 100 million euros should a club be brave enough to launch such a fee with Financial Fair Play approaching. However, it may not be as simple as that for the Spanish giants.
President Florentino Perez would undoubtedly face a whirlwind of criticism for allowing arguably the second best player in the world to leave the club, with the prospects of falling well behind a Messi-led Barcelona then looking likely.
But Perez has never been afraid to open up the club’s chequebook in the past, and any Ronaldo sale would surely be followed by a succession of big-money signings at the Bernabeu.
For now, though, this does seem like a rumour that manages to surface at various points in the season. Obviously there is no smoke without fire, but Ronaldo’s price tag leaves many question marks as to the player’s future beyond this season.