Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly in locked horns with Lionel Messi, and it is not just to decide who will take home the Ballon d’Or this year, but to once and for all establish themselves as the greatest of all time and as the best in the world.
This rivalry has created quite an entertaining atmosphere for supporters to enjoy, with Messi currently having an edge in terms of goals scored, as Ronaldo’s early season 5-match suspension seems to have blown some steam off.
However, his brace against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League indicates a freshness of that challenge. It has also served to reawaken talk about a return to Old Trafford.
Ever since his serious tax issues before the start of this summer came out, the world-class forward had been touted to a move back to Old Trafford, where he played prior to his then world record move to the La Liga giants. The club is the name that has been repeatedly revoked every time the player has faced any sort of issue – big or small.
However, it appears that this has taken a toll on Ronaldo, who strongly clarified the air surrounding his potential departure, by stating (via GiveMeSport): “Those words never came out of my mouth. People talk about me every day all over the world, but I live for football and my family — not what is written about me in the press. Sometimes, it comes from Portugal, from Spain, or from Germany.”
As to why such reports made the headlines, the 32-year-old was accurate in stating: “It is because the name Cristiano is world news. When you are great, people talk about you.”
Furthermore, in a comment that will disappoint several Man Utd supporters, he further added: “I am happy here, and things happen naturally. I am happy many of my team-mates, whose contracts were running out, have signed new ones.”
It seems that he too, will go down the same path and pen down the rest of his near future with Los Blancos, and work further on translating the years ahead to ensure that his position at the top is well cemented.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.