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Cristiano Ronaldo said he would ‘never’ play for Manchester City

Loyalty in football is a rare trait. It is why the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are held in such high esteem by Manchester United supporters.

Others often preach commitment, and then let themselves down.

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly on the verge of the ultimate betrayal.

Ronaldo has been a Manchester United icon for years after leading the club to the Champions League in 2008.

Now he appears ready to go the way of famous cross-city traitor Carlos Tevez, with Sky Sports reporting talks are ongoing.

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False commitment

Ronaldo was asked about joining City when he left for Real Madrid back in 2009, and he had a firm response.

He was quoted by The Guardian: “Never. City have a lot of good players and might be a problem for United, Arsenal and Chelsea. But that doesn’t interest me.”

At that point of course Ronaldo’s desire was to leave the Premier League for La Liga, but never, means never. Except seemingly, for footballers.

Insists he is not money motivated

Ronaldo was also asked about joining City in 2015, in an interview in 2015 with the BBC.

He responded: “You think the money is going to change my mind now?’

“I don’t think so. I think it is not going to be the problem, because if you will speak about the money, I will go to Qatar.”

City can admittedly offer Ronaldo a tempting sporting challenge, to try and compete for trophies, and even go up against Lionel Messi’s PSG in the Champions League group stage draw.

But it will be soulless. Ronaldo will be joining a team which does not even have a badge on their away kit, and struggle to fill out their stadium.

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