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  • jim w jim w Jan 18, 2012 10:16 Flag

    The Mail's Samuel and Ronaldo

    As regular readers of my posts will know I have never lost the feeling that the prodigal will return ( and I don't think Fergie has either). Today's piece by Samuel is mainly speculation, mainly but not completely.

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    • I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think Ronaldo's chances of returning to Old Trafford one day are slim.

      At the moment he is at his dream club, scoring goals for fun and hasn't won either of the major trophies with Madrid (CL, La Liga). He is on an extremely lucrative contract that states he will earn more and more money with each passing season of the six year deal he signed in 2009. Plus, he is Real's star attraction worldwide and brings in potloads of merchandise money. In my opinion he is there until at least the expiration of his current contract (2015).

      By 2015, he will be pushing 30 but still in his last 2 or 3 prime years (ie. will still be able to command heavy wages). If by this time he has won La Liga and/or the CL with Real then chances are he will move on. But, as I have always thought about Ronny, he has his hopes set on becoming a footballing legend. He wants a great legacy. Having been successful in both England and Spain, his next target may well be Italy. At this point it'll be a toss up between a return to Man Utd or one of the Milans.

      Regardless, I would say there is virtually ZERO chance of seeing Ronny back to Old Trafford for at least 3 more years. But stranger things have happened in football :)

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      • " Regardless, I would say there is virtually ZERO chance of seeing Ronny back to Old Trafford for at least 3 more years. But stranger things have happened in football :)" I wouldn't say zero raj. We might be in the same group as Real in Europe next season, lol

      • I'm with raj on this. While I actually think he would come back here, I can't see it ever happening. In the next 2-3 years while he's still at his peak we'd never be able to afford him, in both transfer fee and wages. Not unless some lucrative takeover of the club happens in that time, which I don't see happening anytime soon either.

        After that, its likely Fergie will have retired which I think would also affect the chances of a return.

        It would be nice, but highly unlikely.

      • he hated manchester, the lifestyle, weather, culture etc.
        he wouldnt enjoy london paticularly much more either.

        id be very suprised if he ever returns to england.

        the other issue is can utd afford the transfer fee & his huge wages. especially with rooney somehow commanding over 200k a wk!

    • Dear oh dear oh dear.

      Why would Ronaldo take a step DOWN?

      He'll go to City before United.

      FACT.

      P.S 'Prodigal son'....PMSL!!!

    • das fuhrer? still using that joke. no fresh material.
      at least stefan talks bout football, u are more interested in personal attacks than man utd.

      actually, why do u post on here? i may not support utd but at least i post about them.

      anyway back to football,

      in a couple of yrs time do u actually think its sensible for utd to pay over 60m for ronaldo as well as his huge wages?

      that would be a huge gamble for utd!

      jim would take a gamble on it & stefan wouldnt, non big deal!

    • he would be a gamble at that price in a few yrs time.

      what do u mean u doubt ronaldo would cost 60m now?

      madrid would want the full 80m back if u were to buy him now.
      they wouldnt think he is 2yrs older so we will knock the pricedown.

    • He needn't go for anything above 15 million to buy quality midfielders. I'm starting to question our scouting system. I wonder how much Graham Carr is worth?

    • Since a better team/squad has not been built from that money (I agree), when there are many many very good players who would improve the team in key positions where we're lacking, how on earth am I wrong in inferring that there is a perhaps lack of funds?

    • I didn't infer that. However funds may be selective, ie they may be 'found' for a very special purchase. I believe Fergie would persuade the Glazers to part with say £50m to resign Ronaldo when he would go to them for £30m for a midfield player.

    • A 'reasonable man' therefore wouldn't have an opinion of their own Jim. It's a shame you don't practice what you preach. You regularly state that Barcelona's players are taking drugs when you have absolutely no evidence. You cite that I have no evidence of Ronaldo's physical condition. You're right, I don't, but I, like most others I'm sure, are perfectly aware of what happens of that 'type' when they reach a certain age, which Ronaldo is now. You said after Ronaldo left that we could build a better *team*, one which was less reliant on an individual, but perhaps with a better standard of player across the board. It seems you've gone back on that opinion. So you'd rather we bought Ronaldo instead of buying a couple of quality midfielders, a left back and perhaps a centre forward? Get off your high horse.

    • For Free? What planet are you on?

    • I didn't infer that. However funds may be selective, ie they may be 'found' for a very special purchase. I believe Fergie would persuade the Glazers to part with say £50m to resign Ronaldo when he would not go to them for £30m for a midfield player.

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