Ronaldo on summer speculation: I DID think about United!

Real Madrid's latest Ballon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, admitted that Rio Ferdinand attempted to change his mind about a Manchester United return.

Current Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who has returned an astonishing 230 goals from 223 games in a Los Blancos shirt, has confirmed that former Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand did attempt to change his mind regarding a potential return to Old Trafford last summer.

There was intense media speculation linking Ronaldo with a return to Stretford, heightened more so following Real's world record breaking acquisition of former Tottenham Hotspur attacker Gareth Bale, and Ferdinand revealed over the weekend that: 'he was one of the most dialled people on my phone at the time.'

Adding to The Sun: 'If he was going to leave Real Madrid, I think Manchester United would have been the place he would have come to. [but] I think the opportunity has gone now. If we could have done it, I think it would have been last summer.'

Ronaldo's form throughout 2013 was rewarded last night, Monday, with the Ballon d'Or - a prize that made the Portuguese forward emotional when receiving it.

In the current season to date, Ronaldo has returned 20 goals from 18 La Liga outings, nine goals from five Champions League appearances and eight assists in all competitions. In the Spanish division alone he is responsible for a goal/assist once every 60 minutes he is on the field.

'It was true that Rio spoke to me a lot,' confirmed Ronaldo at the award ceremony in Zurich, as quoted by talkSPORT. 'Rio is a great friend of mine, we played many years together at Manchester United and we were neighbours when I was there in Manchester. He's a fantastic guy and tried to change my mind.

'I did think about United. They are still in my heart. It's a club where I played for six years and I love that club. I have a lot of friends there and I wish them the best.'

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