Cristiano Ronaldo could make surprise return to Manchester United

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Cristiano Ronaldo, regarded by many as the world's best footballer at present, has recently voiced his opinions concerning Real Madrid's transfer business over the summer.

Xabi Alonso and Ronaldo's close friend, Angel Di Maria have been replaced by big money signings in James Rodriguez and Germany's Toni Kroos. The Portuguese star wasn't too happy about that, but took the time to praise his former employers Manchester United on the capture of Radamel Falcao.

The backlash

Ronaldo's opinion appears to have angered Real Madrid president Florentino Perez but it remains to be seen whether the forward is merely voicing his discontent at what he perceives to be weakening his current side, or whether he is vying for a move back to United in the summer. TalkSPORT are speculating the latter.

Football has always been a game of cat and mouse with this kind of behaviour, as seen previously from the former United star when he was itching for a move to the Spanish capital back in 2009. Ronaldo mentioned Madrid on a regular basis, at one point stating "only God knows"  when asked about his future at Old Trafford. 

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Perez's powers

On the other hand Perez is also something of a dab hand when it comes to football talk and politics, with his cut throat approach to replacing players once they've served their purpose. Spanish football expert, Paul Breen-Turner, broached this subject when he mentioned the topic stating the Madrid president "seems to prepare for a change" and could "cash his chips in".

Breen-Turner appears convinced that the Portuguese international could make a return to Old Trafford at the end of this current season.

Is the move possible?

Whether United would be willing to part with a predictably astronomical fee for Ronaldo - he will be 30-years-old by the time this proposed transfer could happen - is another matter altogether.

Manchester United have splashed close to £150 million in this close season and would already boast the talents of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao, who are all around 30-years-old. This would mean that United would be full of expensive world class talent who are edging towards the end of their career. 

Although Ronaldo would be a fantastic purchase for the club - having scored 165 goals in 150 appearances for Real Madrid - his powers would be on the wane and his capture would further the list of so-called 'Galacticos' at Old Trafford. 

Although this would a popular signing for the Red Devils, it would reek of a short-sighted approach that has lingered around Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson's final few years and could be deemed something of a risk.

It will be interesting to see whether Ronaldo is merely innocently voicing his opinion or whether the lure of linking up with Louis van Gaal, Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao at Old Trafford is too much to resist.

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