Rio Ferdinand has encouraged Jose Mourinho to sign former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo this summer after the Portuguese revealed he would leave Real Madrid.
The current Ballon D’Or holder, who arrived at the Bernabeu from Old Trafford in 2009, no longer wants to play in Spain amid a series of tax fraud allegations.
Club president Florentino Perez insisted that his most prized asset would not go anywhere this summer, with recent reports suggesting that Mourinho was cautious over moving for Ronaldo.
But Ferdinand, speaking as a fan, has encouraged the 54-year-old to make a move for the 32-year-old this summer.
“I hope (he’ll return),” he said.
“I’m a Man United fan, and my kids love him, so I hope that he’ll be back.
“But will he leave Real Madrid? I don’t know.”
There is not a United fan on this earth who hasn’t, at some point, dreamed about what it would be like to see Ronaldo, after conquering Spain and indeed Europe with Madrid, return to the place where it all started someday.
Just imagine that first roar as he walked out onto the hallow turf once again; that special hush whenever he picked up the ball in a menacing position – a sharp intake of breath from all present; and then, of course, that imperious celebration garnered over the last few years, in front of the Stretford End, as the superhuman that is CR7 lands on the turf with his arms out, absorbing the entire force of the universe in one bombastic, earth shattering roar.
Mourinho should, of course, avoid abandoning his carefully orchestrated transfer policy in pursuit of Ronaldo. But there will, I’m afraid, always be that child in all of us that just wants to shout “Viva Ronaldo”, scarf aloft, over and over and over again.