Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United is a story that refuses to go away. Regardless of whether or not it is the transfer season, reports of the world class forward’s return to Old Trafford always run rampant, and this summer has been no different. Last week, in particular, fresh reports emerged hinting at a shocking deadline day move.
However, much to the dismay of earnest Red Devils across the globe, the reports now appear to have been false. The articles in question were running rampant across Sunday Times, along with a few other outlets.
Furthermore, these sensationalist reports indicated that the only thing that blocked the prodigal return of the star was Real Madrid’s failure to land long-term target Kylian Mbappe, who decided to join PSG instead.
When the Manchester Evening News (via Daily Star’s James Benson) sought to clarify the situation and approached senior club sources regarding the rumors, things quickly got in place.
Now, said sources have dismissed the reports to be nothing but “Sky Sports’ quiet week-saver.” After the Mancunian side landed the likes of Romelu Lukaku and re-signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it would have been a plethora of too much talent up front. To top it all off, why Real Madrid would wish to part ways with their best player is another question.
However, constant utterances by the 32-year-old Portuguese regarding a return to the Premier League giants are what repeatedly bring such news back to life. Earlier this year, he was allegedly unhappy at Spain over his tax fiasco, and he expressed his desire to return to England.
Having secured both the La Liga as well as the UEFA Champions League titles last season, Ronaldo appears to be very comfortable with Los Blancos, and is also the favorite to retain his Ballon d’Or this year.
While the United faithful will always be waiting for the day he re-signs, that time doesn’t appear to be near. For now, they will have to be content with their team’s favorable form and the potential signing of more talented players over the seasons to come.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.