Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has been speaking about the possibility of former Manchester United player Ronaldo returning to England.
Cristiano Ronaldo and the much talked about return to Manchester United. For some fans it is exciting and for others it is tiresome in the extreme. There are those who cling to hope and those who ridicule the optimists.
But former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has told the Sun that he thinks the Portuguese will return to England one day. And yes, it is just another opinion with no more and no less proof than any other, but this is what he had to say.
“I do not think he will finish his career at Real. I feel that one day he will return to England.
“In Madrid he is pleased with the city and the fans, but I think his relationship with (current president) Florentino Perez is not as good as it was with Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.”
Is Ferguson now being held in the same regard as the Madrid president? Because there is no talk of Ronaldo’s relationship with Carlo Ancelotti – the man who manages him on a day-to-day basis – and any return to United would see him being managed by David Moyes rather than his former father figure Ferguson.
In truth the Ronaldo rumours will continue for as long as he is playing the game. And they will not die out when as he continues to make such statements as the one at the Ballon d’Or Gala, when he revealed that Rio Ferdinand had attempted to get him back to Old Trafford.
“I did think about United,” the forward said. “They are still in my heart.”
But being in your heart and being your home are two different things. You can have fond memories of something you have absolutely no intention of repeating.
So for now the quotes of Ronaldo, Calderon and the rest will be taken with a pinch of salt; leaving the United dreamers to dream and the United pessimists to shake their heads.
But if football is the game of hope I believe it to be, of always wishing for another goal, another win, another trophy or another survival, then the prospect of Ronaldo returning to the club at which he grew up will continue to be one that excites and infuriates in equal measure.
After all, few men can induce such feelings, and perhaps half the fun is in the speculating.
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