Manchester United legend and board of directors member Bobby Charlton has revealed his admiration for former Old Trafford star Cristiano Ronaldo, and stated his hope that the Real Madrid hero would return one day.
During an interview with Laureus Sport Foundation, Charlton described Ronaldo as the most enjoyable player he had ever watched, and said the 29-year-old was “just magic”. The forward netted 118 goals during his time at Old Trafford, and was widely regarded amongst the best players on the planet whilst plying his trade under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Since his world record move to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium Ronaldo’s stock has only grown, and this year he claimed the Ballon d’Or award for his efforts in a Los Blancos jersey. Sensational reports last summer speculated that the Glazer family were attempting to work on a deal to lure him back to the place where he enjoyed his formative years, and virtually all United fans would love to see him make an emotional U-turn.
It’s an idea that may have been dealt a massive blow when he penned a lucrative new deal last September, but Charlton himself, though admitting it was unlikely, refused to completely rubbish the notion altogether.
“He is the most enjoyable player to watch that I’ve ever seen. He is so fast, so inventive, just magic,” the England World Cup icon said.
“I wonder if ever the day would come when maybe he would come and play for us [Manchester United] again. I don’t think it will happen, but you never know.”