Why Manchester United should hijack Juventus’ deal for Cristiano Ronaldo
The Turin giants are willing to lure Ronaldo to Italy by offering €30m per year in a four-year deal. The Portuguese has a €1billion release clause but Real Madrid are considering Juventus’ €100m offer.
Ronaldo, 33, threw his future in doubt in May by not guaranteeing his stay at Madrid after beating Liverpool in the Champions League final, voicing frustration over long-stalled talks with club president Florentino Perez about an improved contract.
United signed Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and the Portuguese captain quickly established himself as one of the most talented players in the world.
Ronaldo, who spent six years at Old Trafford before exiting for Real Madrid in 2009, has been repeatedly linked with a move back to United.
In May, United manager Jose Mourinho disclosed that the Red Devils will never turn down the chance to sign Ronaldo but added that he doubts a move would ever happen as it is almost ‘prohibited’ for the Los Blancos to sell the 33-year-old.
Despite his declining performances, Ronaldo still appears to be eager as ever to play at the highest level. For many United fans, a reunion with Ronaldo would be heartwarming considering he was one of the most influential players to have worn the famous Red jersey in this century.
Ronaldo’s affection for United is always mentioned in the same breath as his love for father-figure Sir Alex Ferguson. The Portuguese was a natural talent, a rough diamond when he came to United but he spent hours and hours in the training ground and gym to turn himself into the world’s best.
Signing the reigning World Player of the Year would be really considered a coup for Mourinho, sending out a message to the rest of the Premier League that United mean clear business. It will not only boost United but also shift the mood of the club that has been gloomy since cross-town rivals Manchester City bulldozed their way to to the title last term.
The most marketable footballer in the world, Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford would be a commercial director’s dream. The Portuguese, who left United as a super talent in 2009, would return as a superstar, primed to affect all those around him when he explodes on the pitch.
He would bring that drive and hunger to win trophies at United, having tasted innumerable success with Real Madrid. His winning mentality, desire to compete and his passion remain unparalleled.
Agreed, Ronaldo’s arrival would affect the club’s young players the opportunities to play regularly but there are no better players than him to have in the dressing room. Ronaldo’s charisma is unbelievable but just think of his everyday impact on youngsters like Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw etc.
United have so far tried and failed to step out of the shadow of success cast by Fergie’s legacy. Mourinho, in his two years, has overseen vast improvements but it is high time the Red Devils win the Premier League. Signing a player of Ronaldo’s stature this summer could just be the difference between United and City next season.