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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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      • 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.

      • " 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

      • 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!!!

    • For Free? What planet are you on?

    • Ok, let's try and be more reasonable - if it was for 30 million pounds or under. Jim, you want us to buy a player,who will approx. 80 million quid, in a position where we're amply stocked, despite the fact that we're woefully short in others, with money we don't have, and given the fact that said player is probably playing at his very peak right now, and a peak which is likely to end soon, given the amount of football he's played from a very young age, and the explosive nature of his game. I think you should be asking yourself what planet you're on.

    • A reasonable man would be pleased if the 2nd most effective attacking player in the world was playing again in his side.
      A reasonable man would admit he has no personal knowledge of the players physical condition but would accept the decision of his club's experts who would be producing the medical report in support of the financial and insurance requirements required of the transfer arrangements.
      A reasonable man who has no personal details of the club's or club's owner's financial position , would be pleased if they felt able to fund the transfer of this player.
      A reasonable man would be very happy when this outstanding player scored a hatfull of goals that enabled his team to win the majority of titles/cups it was competing for.

    • 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.

    • If expressing an opinion that I would not be totally surprised if Ronaldo returned to United and that personally I would be pleased is 'getting on my high horse', then so be it.
      I had hoped the money from his transfer would by now have been redirected to building a stronger team/squad, but in general , it has not. Perhaps there may be more developments in the summer, but I am not holding my breath. On the other side of the coin, United seem to be developing a way of potentially losing the cream of the crop of kids ( Petrucci is the latest to be within 5 months of end of contract).
      In view of this I am guilty as charged of hoping for the return, (unlikely as it may be) of the last truely world class star at OT.
      Mea Culpa.

    • 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.

    • 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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