Cristiano Ronaldo has once again kept Manchester United fans in the hope that the Portuguese superstar would one day return to Old Trafford. The 32-year-old has claimed that the booing from the Real Madrid faithful really gets to him and that he misses life at Old Trafford. Ronaldo enjoyed a superstar status at his former club as the fans celebrated him. He was a worthy name for the iconic No.7 shirt worn by the likes of George Best and David Beckham.
There has been constant speculation about United making a move to bring back Ronaldo, but it has failed to transform into a concrete offer. Ronaldo went on to sign a new contract with Real Madrid back in November 2016, but it appears that he is not entirely happy at the Santiago Bernabeu. Ahead of the Champions League final with Juventus, Ronaldo said, via Sky Sports:
“I spent a lot of years at Manchester United and it [home fans booing] never happened to me. Not even once.
“Maybe England is a case apart, the mentality is different.
“I’m very happy being in Spain but obviously I also miss England because you can’t just turn off the memories.”
The Portuguese superstar has become one of the greatest players in the history of Real Madrid after scoring 285 goals in just 241 appearances. Earlier in his Madrid career, Ronaldo was criticised for the lack of major trophies. Now, he is on the verge of winning a third Champions League medal with Madrid after having just sealed his second league title with the club. Since his £80 million move in 2009, Ronaldo has emerged as one of the best players in the world alongside Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
If the successes achieved by other huge signings are taken into account, Ronaldo stands tall amidst names like Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Angel di Maria, and even, Paul Pogba. The booing from Real Madrid fans is likely to stem from the feeling that Ronaldo’s about his own achievements rather than the success of the team. His collection of trophies with Madrid may prove otherwise.
Even as Ronaldo states that he misses life at Old Trafford, it is highly unlikely that he will be sold in the next couple of years. Ronaldo still continues to be the main man at the Santiago Bernabeu. Furthermore, the arrival of Jose Mourinho may have effectively ruled out such a move in the near future. Mourinho managed his countryman during his three years at Madrid, but the two did not share a great relationship.