Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he considered returning to Manchester United last summer, reports ESPN.
Ronaldo, who won the 2013 Ballon d'Or last night, left the Theatre of Dreams for Real Madrid in 2009, but has now admitted that he thought to a United reunion.
The Portuguese ace revealed that he discussed a move back to Old Trafford with former teammate Rio Ferdinand and insisted that Manchester United is still in his heart.
Speaking after winning the Ballon d'Or award, Ronaldo said: "It is true Rio and I spoke a lot [in the summer].
"Rio is a great friend of mine. We played together for many years at Manchester United. We were neighbours when I was there in Manchester. He is a fantastic guy and he tried to change my mind to go back to Manchester.
"I did think about United. They are still in my heart. It is a club where I played for six years and I love that club. I have a lot of friends there and I wish them all the best."
Manchester United certainly could have done with Ronaldo returning to the club. The Red Devils, under David Moyes, have had a nightmare season so far currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League table.
The Red Devils are now 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal and are in danger of missing out on the Champions League places in this campaign.
Meanwhile Ronaldo has continued to shine at the Bernabeu and already has 20 league goals to his name.