OH CRISTIANO, surely not?
In Ronaldo’s mind, his time at Manchester United is well and truly over.
Cristiano Ronaldo risks ruining his reputation and legacy at Old Trafford if he joins Manchester CityCredit: Getty His ego demands another Ballon d’Or and that will only be possible if he joins a side capable of winning the Champions League.
As we’ve seen, City are getting closer.
From their point of view, now that the Harry Kane deal is no longer an option, Ronaldo is probably the best and most ‘gettable’ alternative.
PSG are not interested, Bayern have Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea have just re-signed Romelu Lukaku.
Ronaldo could be the missing piece in Pep Guardiola’s jigsaw.
And for £25million, there should be a queue of clubs signing up to take him, including the side that occupies the red half of Manchester and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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For the fans, the thought of Ronaldo joining the ‘noisy neighbours’ is one that is hard to accept.
Andy Cole, Peter Schmeichel and Dennis Law have represented both teams.
But I’m with Gary Neville when he says that there are certain clubs a former Manchester United player shouldn’t join – and City are one.
Ronaldo’s impact at United was incredible but those memories would be tarnished if he joined City’s pursuit of domestic and European honours.
So, Cristiano, pick up the phone and call your old team-mate at Old Trafford.
If you want to return to Manchester, come home, don’t put your ego before the club that also did so much for you.
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Ronaldo helped Manchester United win the Champions League in 2008 then joined Real Madrid a year laterCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Cristiano Ronaldo camp step up efforts to seal shock Man City transfer after Pep Guardiola’s Harry Kane frustration