Real Madrid have named Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad to face his former club Manchester United for Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash in Skopje, despite the superstar not featuring in any of the club’s pre-season matches.
The former Ballon d’Or winner was awarded an extended summer break following his efforts for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russia.
Ronaldo returned to club training on Saturday, having missed all of the Galacticos’ pre-season friendlies, including the entire International Champions Cup programme in the United States. Furthermore, the Portuguese winger also had some court visits at the Spanish capital in order to sort out his recent tax allegations.
However, the 32-year-old is now back, and will yet again be a familiar sight on the teamsheet, after being officially named as part of Zinedine Zidane’s 24-man squad travelling to Skopje, alongside other senior names likes Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, and Sergio Ramos.
Meanwhile, the Real Madrid icon’s future had been up in the air recently, with speculation linking him with moves to the Red Devils as well as Paris Saint-Germain, amid reports suggesting that the decorated forward has been considering an exit from Spain due to club officials showing reluctance in sorting out his tax allegation issues.
Regardless, the former United man will likely make an appearance against the Premier League giants, which will be followed by two El Clasico fixtures in the Spanish Super Cup at the Nou Camp on Sunday, August 13, and at the Bernabeu on the following Wednesday.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
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