Cristiano Ronaldo is well loved by the United faithful thanks to his blinding ability, match winning skills, and as much as anything, the hatred the rest of the country feels towards him. The more they all boo, the more we cheer, and seemingly, the more Ronaldo scores. In all competitions, he’s bagged nineteen goals in twenty three matches so far this season. He is a special talent and a player United fans are grateful to have on the books.
It is no surprise then that he is linked with a move away from the club every time the transfer window opens. Real Madrid seem to be the keenest to land our Portuguese winger and with Ronaldo’s desire to move to Spain, it’s more a case of if, rather than when, he will be playing for the Spanish giants.
However, today David Gill has spoken out about Ronaldo, saying there is no chance of us selling him, claiming he is like George Best and Eric Cantona. “There’s no chance of us selling him. Absolutely no way, whatever the money,” he said. “He signed a new contract last season to 2012 and we are not a selling club. Alex Ferguson has never let a player go when he was not happy to do so. Cristiano is happy here. Alex and Carlos Queiroz know his mind and what he’s about. Everything about him is Manchester United. He’s like George Best, Eric Cantona. You can’t sell players like that and we are not going to sell players like that.”
Ronaldo is special, but is Gill right to put him in the category of Best and Cantona?
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