Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent threats to Real Madrid that he may leave the club this summer might have stunned the entire football world, but there was one man who wasn’t as surprised – Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ronaldo left Manchester United in 2009 for a then world record fee of £80 million, but has maintained a really good relationship with Sir Alex – the man he describes as a fatherly figure to him.
The Portuguese superstar is regularly seen with the former United boss after Champions League games, and the forward always has a chat with the Scotsman whenever the pair cross paths.
The 32-year-old forward recently threatened to leave Los Blancos, as he does not want to live in Spain anymore. Ronaldo was accused of defrauding tax authorities of £12 million – a rumor the player and his agent have firmly denied.
As a result, his future has been up in the air this week, and several clubs, including his former club United, PSG, and a few Chinese Super League clubs, have all shown interest in signing him, despite the obvious hefty price tag that would have to be paid to get him.
However, it has now emerged that Ronaldo had already talked about his desire to leave Real with Sir Alex around six weeks before the whole tax fraud accusation blew up.
The 4-time Ballon D’Or winner had told Sir Alex that he is frustrated at the lack of appreciation he receives at Real. Several of the club’s own fans have often booed him, despite being Los Blancos’ all time leading goal-scorer. He also revealed that the dressing room atmosphere is often low, unlike how it was at United.
However, it remains highly unlikely that he will move to Old Trafford this summer, especially with Jose Mourinho – who didn’t enjoy a good relationship with the mercurial forward – at the helm.
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