Ronaldo snubs Manchester United, may not attend Ballon d’Or awards

Real Madrid winger wants to finish his career in Spain rather than return to Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have ruled out any prospect of a return to Manchester United, insisting he wants to finish his career at Real Madrid.

Ronaldo spent six glittering years at Old Trafford after signing in 2003, winning three Premier League titles, the Champions League twice and the FA Cup.

The winger previously hinted that he would be open to a move back to United, saying he was ‘sad’ at Madrid, and speculation that he might depart increased with the summer arrival of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the 28-year-old has been in sensational form for Madrid this season, scoring 32 goals in 20 games so far, while his hat-trick against Sweden this week took Portugal to next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

And having signed a new £78 million contract earlier this season, Ronaldo today confirmed his desire to end his professional career with his current club.

“I don’t think a lot about the future. I prefer to think more about the present,” said Ronaldo. “When the present is good, when you are happy and motivated to do things well then you are less worried about the future.

“But truthfully, right now, I feel like I want to end my career here because I feel very happy. I love living in Madrid, I love playing for the best club in the world and I can’t ask for more.”

Ronaldo’s form has made him the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or, though there has been speculation that he may not even attend, after reportedly being angered by comments from Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who said Ronaldo ‘spends more time at the hair-dresser’ than Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo’s failure to attend the awards in Zurich would be the ultimate snub to Blatter, and the player refused to be drawn on whether he would make the trip.

“I don't think a lot about the Ballon d’Or. I know that it is handed out in January, but I cannot say that I will not go," he told Spanish radio station COPE.

“I prefer to not say anything because things don't depend solely on me. I am not obsessed with the Ballon d’Or. We will see what happens.”

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