So this is a strange post in that I’m blending the future of a golfer with the future of two footballers but let’s look at it in context.
All three have been in the headlines recently due to speculation over their future, for different reasons. Ronaldo is, arguably, in the form of his life so why the speculation?
There are mixed reports cluttering up the news saying that he wants a return to the club where he made his name, back to the Theatre of Dreams but how likely is this scenario?
Speculation has it that Nike are going to assist Manchester United bring the prodigal son home because they no longer want to see him sporting a kit emblazoned with all things Adidas.
I can’t see it and therefore am ruling this one as very unlikely. He has a new manager now, the Special One with whom he didn’t seem to be on the best of terms has departed, and there’s also a new, as yet unproven gaffer at United. There’s just too much uncertainty around how good a move this would be for Cristiano so I believe he’ll stay put.
Nike, on the other hand, are busy trying to work out what’s wrong with the clubs they gave to Rory, I sincerely hope it’s not the resin on the handles that’s causing young McIlroy to walk around golf courses feeling as though he’s unconscious.
It’s a bad situation for Nike now when the poster boy for Santander bank (I ended up doing what I said I never would and took out one of their 123 accounts – not inspired by him though, I swear) looks like a fish out of water, and effectively has done since he signed the lucrative sponsorship deal with the sports giant.
Who’s going to terminate this relationship first? On one hand, Rory is playing abysmally and folk, rightly or wrongly, point to the clubs, not so much the other distractions of his girlfriend or his work for Santander. On the other hand, Nike can’t be shifting many of their clubs when so many fear it will make their game worse, no matter how good or bad it may already be.
And then there’s Mr Rooney, I called it towards the end of the season that he would not start the new season for Manchester United, and I stand by that.
He’s going somewhere but we just don’t know where. In many regards he will, and should be missed. He could be such a lethal threat for United, as he has been in the past, even if that is as the second striker that plies his trade as the furthest forward midfield player.
I’m not sure David Moyes has handled this situation to the best of his ability and I can’t help but feel he has already made a few stutters as the new boss of Manchester United, it’s early days so I won’t go into too much detail here of how he makes me a little apprehensive by his words and actions in his first few weeks.
Needless to say he and Wayne are never going to have a fruitful relationship so this piece of business needs to be concluded amicably and soon.
So there you have it, there is a certain connection between these Nike stars, a certain unsettlement that varies from one to the other but one things for certain, when these guys are unsettled their future is always uncertain.
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