Report: Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to convince Cristiano Ronaldo to make Manchester United return

Reports suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson dined with Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in an attempt to convince the Ballon d'Or winner to return to Old Trafford.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dined with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo following last weekend's Champions League loss to Schalke in an attempt to convince the iconic Portuguese international to return to Old Trafford, according to reports from Spain.

According to AS' Javier Matallanas, Ferguson joined Cristiano's agent Jorge Mendes in the VIP Box at the Santiago Bernabeu to take in Real Madrid's shocking 4-3 Champions League loss to Schalke on Tuesday evening.

Matallanas continued, citing sources in Manchester, that Cristiano and Sir Alex went to dinner following the game and the Scotsman did his best pitch to try and convince the forward to return to Manchester United, the club that made him into the star he is today from the man Cristiano considers a father figure.

Manchester United were prepared to pay upwards of €200 million to bring Cristiano back last summer, according to sources including the Daily Star, but the 30-year-old opted to renew his contract to presumably become the world's highest-paid player.

However, the contract renewal could only cover the cracks for so long as the relationship between Cristiano and president Florentino Perez has deteriorated so much over time, that it remains very poor to this day.

Cristiano has seemingly hit a wall in his form since the start of 2015, scoring just five goals in La Liga in almost three months, while his Barcelona counterpart has gone on to score 17 goals in that time.

Real Madrid are believed to be willing to negotiate Cristiano's transfer, but the figure would need to be a record-breaking amount that won't likely be reached for many years to come.

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