Cristiano Ronaldo could be Manchester United’s surprise summer signing this season. The Portuguese superstar’s extent of a widening rift with Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez has sparked huge possibilities for Ronaldo’s return at Old Trafford. Ronaldo has been unsettled in Real since the club appointed former Liverpool manager Benitez.
Benitez has been accused by Ronaldo for his bias against the Portuguese players during the club’s training schedule. Reports revealed that Ronaldo even called some of his methods ‘sh*t’. The 30-year-old spewed more venom at the Spaniard, saying, “You always only pick on the Portuguese.”
Benitez did his share, too, by refusing to pick the Portuguese international singularly as the best player of the planet last week, drawing Ronaldo’s wrath.
“It is difficult to say who’s best,” he said. “I think Cristiano, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema or James Rodriguez are at that level.”
The 55-year-old later took a U-turn and clarified his earlier statement.
“Fortunately, after working with him, you understand how competitive he is, how much he likes to win, the quality he has. For that, he’s the best in the world.
“I would like to see everyone have the same desire to win.”
FIFA agent Santos Marquez recently surfaced the news that Ronaldo has sold his image rights to Valencia owner Peter Lim. He has a contract with the Spanish giants till 2018.
“That’s not normal; it suggests that Cristiano is planning to leave,” he revealed in a Spanish daily.
And the Red Devils have plotted a stunning bid to pounce on their former great player. Ronaldo left Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in a then record-breaking £80 million deal in 2009. United officials are monitoring Ronaldo’s situation closely and waiting for the green signal from the ace forward to officially place a bid. The Premiership giants are determined to secure a marquee player in its intensifying bid to build a potential title winning roster.
The 30-year-old scored 117 goals during his six-year stint at Old Trafford.