Cristiano Ronaldo’s future remains in the balance after he revealed via Twitter he has not signed a contract extension with Spanish giants Real Madrid — intensifying rumors of a return to Manchester United.
Ronaldo has been crucial to his team since he arrived, and is now widely considered one of the greatest players of recent years.
Manchester United nurtured this precious talent into a lean, mean, Portuguese machine, who has one of the most incredible goal-scoring records in top-flight football.
The Premier League needs him back. Although England booed and jeered him, he lit up the league with his sparkling displays, as he and his team pretty much swept every trophy into Old Trafford treasure chest under the watchful eye of Sir Alex Ferguson.
He is one of the two best players in the world, alongside Lionel Messi. Although Gareth Bale, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez’s heroics have propelled them into this bracket of tremendous prestige, none of the Premier League’s big three are quite at Ronaldo’s level.
The real difficult equation is getting a player of Ronaldo’s dimension to the Premier League. His wages, monstrous fee and commercial rights are riddled with potential stumbling blocks. But, if there is a willingness in his mind to return to Manchester, it can happen.
It would re-define the boundaries of the Premier League. I’m sure Real Madrid fans are licking their lips at the thought of Ronaldo linking up with Suarez and Bale to take the title back in Spain, but no more so than the Manchester United faithful.
Of course, this is all hypothetical. But along with the Premier League’s aforementioned star assets, Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world. And his return would be appreciated by many English fans, not just in the red side of Manchester.