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Will Ronaldo Ever Return To Manchester United?

October 13, 2015

- Grant Whittington

With many critics and even fans left wondering if indeed the mighty Reds will ever be able to once more reach the heights of their glory days, some attention this season has been focused on the rumours of a potential past footballing icon returning to the club. Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo said goodbye to his Manchester United teammates back in 2009 after a hugely successful few seasons at Old Trafford. The £80 million pound move to the Spanish side at the time was the most expensive transfer in history and he has continued to shine at his new club.

His goal scoring ratio over at Real Madrid has been quite astonishing over the past few years but at the beginning of this year it seemed as if something was awry. January saw the 29-year old pick up the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or award which marked his record equalling third title along with fellow footballing greats as Zinedine Zidane and Brazil’s Ronaldo. But it was just over a week later that he was involved in an incident involving Edimar in which the Portuguese star was responsible for kicking and slapping the Córdoba player. Ronaldo faced a two match ban due to his actions and upon his return his form seemed to take an unexpected dip.

There was plenty of talk earlier this year of Ronaldo’s teammate Gareth Bale heading back to the Premier League to take up residence at Old Trafford but due to his slowly decreasing form and coupled with some rather negative and critical response from the Real Madrid fans a potential Ronaldo return looked all the more likely at the time. But in spite of rumours that the forward may have been suffering from fatigue or even been once more hit with issues surrounding tendonitis that he had previously been suffering with his left knee he very quickly managed to pull himself out of his funk and get back to his goal scoring ways.

Of course it hadn’t all been goal scoring action along the way with Ronaldo missing numerous chances game after game and even appearing to take issue with his fellow team mate Bale scoring in a game against Levante. This apparent petulant and rather unprofessional behaviour on the pitch didn’t go very far in warming him further to the fans and drew plenty of criticism from players and pundits alike.

Whilst things appear to be improving both on and off the pitch for Ronaldo at the moment it’s clear to see that even the most skilful and well paid players in the world can still struggle from time to time. And one thing is for certain, Manchester United will be right there with their gates wide open ready to welcome back a potential return if things being to turn sour for him at the Bernabéu.

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