Cristiano Ronaldo: A summer transfer epic

Cristiano Ronaldo: A summer transfer epic

It would be the transfer of the summer… and in a summer filled with big transfers that’s saying something.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the most prominent name in football, the largest brand in football, Real Madrid’s talisman and a worldwide icon.
With respect to Kylian Mbappe, Alvaro Morata, Romelu Lukaku and other high-ranking transfer stories, the Portuguese is of another level.
An intergalactic level. A level that is totally and utterly peerless. And that’s without paying a smidgen of attention to whether or not he’s any good any more.
The suggestion that Ronaldo is ready to quit the Bernabeu, apparently uncomfortable in Spain after being accused of hiding around £13million of image rights revenue from the taxman, has thrown the European transfer machine into hyper drive.
The footballing public love gossip and speculation as it is, let alone when it involves one of the most coveted players in the world.
Of course, Manchester United have been immediately linked and, in very rudimentary terms indeed, it is a marriage that works.
United fans still sing Ronaldo’s name in the Stretford End, the player has fond memories of Old Trafford and, in David de Gea, the Red Devils have an asset that Real desperately want.
Is it really that crazy after all?
It’s certainly not as ludicrous as the link to Bayern Munich in the Italian press, which was quickly poo-pooed by the Bundesliga club as ‘the hoax of the day’.
‘We don’t usually comment on transfer speculation,’ said chairman Karl-Heinze Rummenigge. ‘But this belongs in the realms of fantasy’.
And so who else is there, if Ronaldo does indeed want to quit the land of the siesta?
The newly-Chinese owned clubs of Serie A? Not box office enough.
MLS?
Come on. Ronaldo isn’t looking for a working holiday just yet.
PSG, then?
The riches are there, and the ambition, but CR7 doesn’t have an emotional attachment to Paris.
Manchester played host to his adolescence, it’s where he became a superstar. No one would frown on him down Sir Matt Busby Way.
What really needs examining is the actual gravity of his circumstances in Spain.
Is this an honest, personal reaction to perceived unfairness. Or is it a negotiating ploy, devised in the mind of another peerless competitor – Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes?
Real fans are wary. This has happened twice before, in similar guises.
The first, in 2012, came at the end of a turbulent relationship with Jose Mourinho – hardly the most promising foreboding for a potential mentor-mentee lineup at Old Trafford.
Mourinho appeared to blame his compatriot for Real’s failure to win La Liga, Ronaldo reacted by telling the media he was ‘sad’ and it was taken as given that he wanted a move away.
He got a new contract.
In 2015, it happened again. This time Ronaldo spoke out against the breakup of the Champions League winning squad. PSG were on red alert.
He got a new contract.
So United fans should be wary – not only of Mourinho’s previous with Ronnie but of the actual dynamics involved in this evolving story.
Yes, it would be the signing of the summer.
Yes, it would light up the faces of United fans everywhere.
But will it actually happen? There are dark forces at play.

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