Cristiano Ronaldo is loved by many, but hated by more. He has been criticised ever since his arrival to Manchester United back in 2003, and since hitting excellent form in the 2006/2007 season, has seen that hatred grow all the more.

Under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo has transformed from a player with bags of potential but not much end product, to one of the finest players in the World, and he is still only 22!

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Real Madrid were ready to bid a massive £50 million for Ronaldo. It is not the first time they have been linked with our winger, with the lad almost signing with them following the World Cup. However, he snubbed their offer and put pen to paper on a five year contract with us.

Ronaldo has made it clear on a number of occasions that he would like to play in Spain some day, and he reaffirmed this wish at the World Player of the Year award ceremony. “Only God knows what will happen in the future,” he said. “I’d like to find out the difference between playing in England and Spain.”

United fans would be right to fear that Ronaldo would leave us before he reached his peak. His life would be so much easier in Spain, without the constant berating he receives from rival fans and rash challenges he’s expected to endure week in week out.

However, today Ronaldo has confirmed his future is at United, for the time being at least, recognising this is the club he should stay with if he is to fulfil his potential. “I am at the ideal club to grow and to reach the summit,” he explained. “When I came to England I was only 18. In four years, everything has changed. I am no longer the same player. Thanks to mixing with some of the best players in the world, I have made progress on every front. I feel great. I get the feeling I am improving with every game.”

How long do you think it will be before Ronaldo gives in to the temptation of Real Madrid?