Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he did think about a return to Manchester United in the summer before he signed a new deal with Real Madrid.
The 28-year-old won the 2013 Ballon d’Or tonight after an outstanding season in Madrid and during the summer, there was wild speculation linking him with a big money move back to Manchester.
Rio Ferdinand tried his hardest to persuade Ronaldo to make the move back to sunny Manchester but although he re-affirmed he still loves the club and the friends he made there, Madrid was where he wanted to be.
“It is true Rio and I spoke a lot [in the summer],” The Times reported Ronaldo as saying at the Ballon d’Or ceremony.
“Rio is a great friend of mine. We played together for many years at ster United. We were neighbours when I was there in Manchester. He is a fantastic guy and he tried to change my mind to go back to Manchester.
“I did think about United. They are still in my heart. It is a club where I played for six years and I love that club. I have a lot of friends there and I wish them all the best.”
After the summer had ended, Mike Phelan insisted that United would have signed a world star if Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill remained at the club. By the looks of it, that could have been Ronaldo.
It was always a pipeline dream to have Ronaldo return to Manchester but that ship has sailed after his new long term deal in Madrid and Ferguson’s retirement. Despite Ferdinand’s best efforts, Ronaldo didn’t return and it would be a surprise if he ever did now.