Cristiano comments on United's 'Come Home Ronaldo!' plane banner

Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United supporters concocted an elaborate way to make their fondness for their former star known and the Real Madrid star has issued a statement…

During Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Villarreal at the Estadio El Madrigal, a banner with a clear invitation was flown overhead: "Come Home Ronaldo - United Reel."

While Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, most likely calls Portugal - or more specifically, Madeira - home, there is no question that he became a man at Old Trafford.

When the prolific forward first arrived at Manchester United, he had a slight frame and possessed the awkwardness of youth. However, once he left - in a then world record £80 million transfer to Real Madrid - he was the ultimate Premier League athlete.

Such physical traits and learned skills from his time in England - pace, power, balance, work-rate and all-rounded attacking threat - have reaped numerous rewards in Spain and internationally but there is a lingering question of when, not if, Ronaldo will leave Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Commenting on the banner, Ronaldo is quoted by MARCA to have said: "I've always said I have a family in Manchester, but right now I'm happy here and I want to stay. I'm touched that they still think so fondly of me, but I'm really happy here."

Whilst there is a chance Ronaldo could leave Real for United, it is unlikely he will make the trip any time soon.

Already a legend at both clubs, Cristiano could go down as one of - if not the - greatest Los Blancos of all time.

With 266 goals already returned from 256 appearances, no Real Madrid athlete in the club's glorious history comes close to his ratio of 1.04 goals for every 1 game - and he is fast closing in on Raul's total haul of 323 goals; a milestone he could feasibly reach by the end of next season.

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