Cristiano Ronaldo may regret new Real Madrid deal
Cristiano Ronaldo's new contract will see him spend his prime years at the Bernabeu, maybe to his dismay
Cristiano Ronaldo put an end to any speculation of a return to Manchester United by signing a new five year deal at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo was linked with a return to Manchester United for most of the summer transfer window.
As late as 6 September, the Daily Mail reported that David Moyes was still chasing Ronaldo and their continued pursuit was the reason United had such a disappointing transfer window.
Although no bids were ever confirmed, it seems likely that the Premier League champions at least enquired about the availability of the Real Madrid star.
But by signing a new deal, believed to worth £76m over five years, Ronaldo effectively ruled out the possibility of ever going back to Manchester.
Although the move will prove commercially valuable for the Portuguese star, he may well live to regret not moving back to Old Trafford when he had the chance.
During the contract press conference Ronaldo stated: "I will be honest with you - everyone knows I was in Manchester for six years. Manchester is in the past.
"Now my club is Real Madrid. This is my home, my family is here and I'm really happy here."
This is in stark contrast to what he said almost exactly a year ago, when he stated he hadn't celebrated his recent goals for Real Madrid as he felt "sad" due to his "professional" situation at the club.
Why has his stance changed? Surely his situation at the club has only got worse since then.
Real Madrid again lost out in the league to Barcelona before being knocked out to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final.
The signing of Gareth Bale showed Ronaldo that he alone is not enough to satisfy the fans. A new signing was needed, a new talisman, a new hero.
The Madrid fans have moved on from Ronaldo and they no longer see him as the vitality of the team. It seems crazy to suggest that, but nothing about the Bernabeu is normal.
This is a club where you can get sacked for not winning leagues the right way and it will soon become the place you can be despised despite scoring 50 goals a season.
Ronaldo's heart isn't in it. A new challenge was needed and at Manchester United, he could have found it.
Manchester United are in desperate need of a talisman. With Sir Alex Ferguson gone, the team look like a group of talented individuals as opposed to a talented team.
Ronaldo would have galvanised the side, taken pressure off David Moyes and helped them to win domestic and European titles. At Real Madrid he will be a sideshow in a side that is constantly searching for perfection yet falls well short as a result.
Barcelona will continue their domination of La LIga whilst German rivals will add to the challenge to win La Decima.
If Ronaldo is to win a major intercontinental honour in his Real Madrid career it will be with Portugal alone.
So when CR7 finally hangs up his boots, and stares at his trophy cabinet, he may rue his decision to stay with Real Madrid instead of moving back to Old Trafford and becoming a legend.