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Ronaldo: I love United and considered return

Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for the second time last night, becoming only the second person (after the Brazilian Ronaldo) to win the award twice with as much as a five year gap.

In the lead up to the awards there were lots of reports on Rio Ferdinand trying to convince Ronaldo to return to Manchester.

“He was one of the most dialled people on my phone at the time,” Rio admitted. “As footballers you keep your cards close to your chest. If he was going to leave Real Madrid, I think Manchester United would have been the place he would have come to. That’s my view – but no one will ever know. I think the opportunity has gone now. If we could have done it, I think it would have been last summer. He’s signed a new deal at Real now.”

Rio later took to Twitter to claim that the comments came from an interview he did in September but were only coming to light now.

However, last night, Ronaldo confirmed that he did speak to Rio a lot over the summer and did consider a United return.

“It was true that Rio spoke to me a lot,” Ronaldo said. “Rio is a great friend of mine, we played many years together at Manchester United and we were neighbours when I was there in Manchester. He’s a fantastic guy and tried to change my mind. I did think about United. They are still in my heart. It’s a club where I played for six years and I love that club. I have a lot of friends there and I wish them the best.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. wayne barker says:

    interesting article Utd have been getting fucked all year with bad decisions City the opposite

  2. IsmailNZ says:

    I love Ronaldo but there’s no way he is coming back even if SAF still around. He wants to be the best, so La Liga suit him well. For some reasons, BPL is underrated in football community. I can’t figure out why no Premier League player manage to make into World IX this year!

  3. TopRed123 says:

    Wow, there are some fine gems in that article from “punditarena” posted above:

    “Whilst it may be argued that City could easily have scored again there’s no doubt that City would’ve dropped two points”

    Wait, what??


    “If City end up winning the league by less than 4 points, they will know who they have to thank for their success.”

    Almost as bitter as people on this blog. If City win the title it is because they are the best team. They have an incredible squad and play the best football alongside Arsenal this season. Since we were never really in the title race this year I really don’t care who wins it. Also, if City do end up winning the title this season (let’s say by less than that magical 4 point margin) it will be down to the fact that they strengthened the squad with the right players rather than sitting around doing nothing.

  4. Eric Nesh says:

    Ronaldo coming back..was no chance! there with the kind of team we have as much as he loves the club the guy got eyes he can see the depreciation in quality from the team he played in then. Bet he wld go to a team like Bayern though.
    The Pogba situation me think Fergie really fucked up this one, how he could not see how much we wld need the lad is just as much as he dint see a need to do something about midfield for years! But its Fergie he still won the League with this same team(will never get it around my head) guy is pure genius.
    Of all the midfielders we are linked with Pogba wld be best buy but wont happen though

  5. Rotimi Kayode says:

    CR7 is a very good player who can play any position from midfield to attacking position on the field of play.I say a big congratulations too u.

  6. Mark Everson says:

    On a slightly different note – We’re 1/2 way through the transfer window and not a scent of a fucking signing. aaaaaaarghhhh!!!!! Come on you fucking useless tossers, buy someone.


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