Sporting CP president Bruno de Carvalho has revealed that he is open to the idea of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club.
Bruno de Carvalho is hopeful that the Portuguese superstar will one day return to his hometown to finish his career, despite the 31-year-old’s current deal with Los Blancos expiring in two years.
“I would love to [bring Ronaldo back],” he told Marca. “We are making a great effort for players to return, as we saw when we brought Nani back [on loan from United in 2014]. It will happen more.
“I would love [Ronaldo] to end his career here at home. He has already given us a lot, but it would be lovely if he could finish here. He is an ambassador to the world. He always speaks well of us and his love for us.
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“He will have a great game against us, of course, but we have to see if we can stop him,” Carvalho added.
Cristiano Ronaldo began his career with Sporting CP, joining their Youth Squad in 1997. He was promoted to the first team squad five years later in 2002.
He scored two goals on his senior debut for the club, and impressed scouts from around the world.
Ronaldo moved to Manchester United in 2003 after Sir Alex Ferguson was convinced by his own players to sign the young Ronaldo. Sir Alex hailed Cristiano as ‘one of the most exciting players’ he had ever witnessed.
He was integrated into the United first team during his first season with the Red Devils, playing 40 matches for the club and scoring six goals.
Ronaldo’s subsequent five seasons saw him rise to fame, and even win a prestigious Ballon d’Or in 2008.
His move to Real Madrid in 2009 made him the most expensive player in the world at the time, after Real Madrid paid a goliath £80 million.
The Portuguese winger continues to dominate World football, and is currently only rivaled by Lionel Messi.