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“Ronaldo Is Next To God In His Ability”

Gabriel Heinze is a player who used to be adored by the Old Trafford crowd. Chants of “Argentina” could be heard every time he played. Despite losing out on his first team place to Patrice Evra, he was a player we were always happy to see on the park.

Then he dropped a bombshell.

“I’ve spoken with the coach and I have insisted that my wish is to leave the club if a big offer appears on the table,” he said. “Today the only such offer is from Liverpool and it is this that is causing the problem. Earlier in the summer I received a promise from United that I could leave if the deal was good for both parties and at the moment there is an offer from Liverpool.”

The move to Liverpool was blocked by United and supported by the FA, meaning Heinze later made a move to Real Madrid. United made a profit on our second choice left back and Heinze continued to moan about United to the press for months.

Today, Heinze has spoken to the press in a bid to get Cristiano Ronaldo to join him at Real Madrid, but will it work?

“I talk with Cristiano all the time and I tell him how great this club is and the nice things that Madrid has,” Heinze said. “I would love to play alongside him again. He’s a kid who is already spoke highly about all the time in Madrid. If I had to pay for one player I would choose Cristiano. In Madrid we would welcome him with open arms. I don’t think he would have any problem adapting to any team in the world. Players of his quality fit in anywhere. I don’t think Cristiano will get any better as a footballer, he is already next to God in his ability. But while Sir Alex is at United, it’s going to be difficult for him to go. He is a fundamental part of their plans.”

When Ronaldo scored that crucial goal against Fulham the season before last, it was Heinze on the bench who Ronaldo went running to. The pair clearly have a good friendship and it is a concern that Heinze is talking to him about a move away from the club.

However, no matter how much Heinze arse kisses Ronnie, talking of his God-like abilities, he touches on an important point. He doesn’t think that Ronaldo has any room for improvement, but Ronaldo will rightly like to think he can get better. Who wants to have peaked at 23-years-old? This should set alarm bells ringing for Ronaldo. He won’t improve at Real Madrid, United is the best place for him to be to aid his development, and he would be a mug to leave.

Will Heinze’s comments sway Ronaldo in to staying or leaving?

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  1. DuudeLove says:

    Isn’t this tapping up? An illegal move probably orchestrated my Real ordering Heinze to coax Ronny into leaving?

    Madrid will stop at nothing in their attempts to sign our kid and they surely must have broken a rule or two along the way.

    What makes me wonder is why haven’t Nani or Anderson come out and made their views on this matter known. Most Madrid players are on their knees publicly begging Ronaldo to join them, but few United boys have aired their thoughts.

    Surely Nani, (who is with Ronaldo at the moment in the Portugal squad and is also close friends with him) can provide us with an insight into what Ronny is thinking?

    Anyway it’s not a major issue because i still have faith that Ronaldo will do the right thing and stay for another few years.


  2. Jas Rai says:

    fight for Manchester, and the red army
    fight for United, our glorious history,
    fight for the red shirts, as they fight for you and me,
    fight for the greatness….of MUFC

    If he goes, he goes, we’ll never die :)

  3. ManUnited10titles says:

    “What makes me wonder is why haven’t Nani or Anderson come out and made their views on this matter known. ”

    It’s because they have something called class…

  4. OMelhorDoMundo says:

    I’m just surprised Heinze hasn’t publicly declared his desire to play for Barca. But then again, his mediocrity in the centre of defense is praised in Madrid which contrasts with when he was ripped to pieces in the CL semifinal against MIlan when he played for United. The gulf in quality between the Madrid and United is massive.

  5. Stefan 7 says:

    Ronaldo !

    We tought you, we stood by your side,
    we defended you when you where phooooded. Maybe you are a hooker but i thoght you where a professional player like Giggs, Paul,Gary, if you are´nt please go soon as possible we are the best tem in the world and we don´t have space for rotten apples.


  6. denton davey says:


    How Heinze gets a first-team role with Argentina is beyond me; the guy is a red-card-waiting-to-happen. He may be a blood-and-thunder defender but he is also clumsy and lacks positional sense. The comments by OMelhorDoMundo are perfectly correct – it was Heinze’s cowboy defending that put UTD in the shit against ACMilan last year. Compared to the prefessional defending clinic that was put on by Rio and Vidic this year – in both legs of the semin-fanal agsint both Barca, and then in the final vl the RentBoyz – Heinze was decidedly inadequate. He was not missed on the pitch at OldTrafford.

    Is this continual speculation by RM players (Ruud, Robben, and now Heinze) and their manager properly called “tapping up” or are they just letting their gums flap.

    Manchester United still holds the trump card in this affair – a signed contract with Cristiano Ronaldo that is in effect until 2012. I assumed that no one put a gun to his head to sign it. The rest is just blather.

  7. julio says:

    dont read too much into it,ronaldo said that the reason he went to heinze was to thank him for saying that he would score that day thats all.

  8. KingOfZamunda says:

    “The pair clearly have a good friendship and it is a concern that Heinze is talking to him about a move away from the club.”

    Not a concern at all, sorry Scott, I don’t get it- julio’s point in question brings back my memories of that time as well, I have never read or known of Cris Ron to have been particularly good friends with Heinze, anymore say then with Scholes/Brown/Ferdinand/etc.; also Heinze will not be a key factor in this move happening and I daresay his words of wisdom will hold little ground either in convincing Cris Ron, on the basis that the move to Real will be bigger for him than on the say so of an aging relic who left United on very bitter terms, especially seeing as higher calibre United players in the form of Beckham and Ruud are more worthwhile advisers and of Cris Ron’s aspirations in terms of player influence, celebrity and playing contract.
    Also it is not a concern on the point you made at the end of the article, he will not improve anymore at Real Madrid and so it is in his best interests to stay on at United and seeing as we hold all the aces he’ll be leaving on our terms regardless.

  9. denton davey says:

    This may not be the place to mention that ASRoma are “supposedly” interested in BOTH Silvestre AND Saha.

    But, news like that can lighten up any morning.

    If there’s any truth to this “supposed” interest then I would offer to part with the pair for Amatino Mancini, the Brazilian right back/winger.

    THEN, concentrate all the funds earmarked for transfer on ANother striker – Roque Santa Cruz looks to be the guy whose name is most prominent at the moment. He would be an excellent change-of-pace/alternative to the Rooney/Ronaldo/Teves attacking trident. But, of course, if Ronaldo goes then all sorts of new options come into play.

    Apparently, SAF has told the Glazers that if they sell CR7 to Real Madrid then he will quit. Talk about upping the ante !

  10. Drew Vader says:

    fuck off gabby you twat.

    i cant believe i wasted my money on a heinze argentina shirt for the last worldcup.


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