June 2009 was the moment, Manchester United had just narrowly missed out on the Champions League after their third final in four years after being beaten 2-0 in Rome, Real Madrid finally got their man after over a year of trying to persuade the Portuguese superstar to follow his dream.
A £80m world record fee was agreed and Ronaldo got his wish to wear the white of Madrid, it was stated in Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography that the much speculated promise between the club and Ronaldo did in fact exist and Ronaldo spoke to the club about the interest in 2008 but was not allowed to leave under those circumstances but after the year if they came with a fee he would be allowed to leave.
Since then Ronaldo has gone onto score 257 goals in 252 appearances, quite phenomenal only Lionel Messi can boast a record like it, the well publicised rivalry between the 2 has never been admitted by them but it has been brought on by fans and is one of the most debated subjects in football, Ronaldo has been twice a winner and a twice runner up of the Ballon d'Or which has been seen as the mantle for them to attain.
However though despite Ronaldo going up the gears since his move has reportedly spoke of his displeasure at the transfer dealings at the club, the recent sales of Xabi Alonso and Angel di Maria have apparently ruffled the superstars feathers, the Telegraph also reports that the previous sales of Higuain and Ozil also were also badly looked upon by Ronaldo, and the current ongoings at the club have made him want to jump ship too.
It's also convenient that Ronaldo has always maintained that he holds his previous employers in the highest esteem and would love to return someday, most United fans before would have dismissed this as fantasy albeit this is something many would have dreamed of seeing their favourite son back in the red. But their dreams might not be wild flights of fantasy after all, United are hell-bent on regaining their fear factor and returning to the pinnacle of English football is only the start, a £150m spending spree and a British record fee for Di Maria.
One must consider though, do United actually need Ronaldo?, although all clubs in the world wouldn't turn down his talents it strikes as an odd transfer as the sums being involved could be used to finish the rebuilding process, it is well documented that the Red Devils are well equipped in attack but slightly lacking backbone and experience at the back and you must think that the money being spoken of could be used for a top class centre back
There are a number of factors to consider, one being the most important, money, Ronaldo earns £300,000 a week now this is naturally an abnormal amount of wages but United are paying Di Maria nearly £12m over the space of 5 years so they are no strangers to putting the money on the table, with the recent deal with Adidas signed United are due £750m over the space of 10 years this allows them to still compete financially, however it is also this deal that could possibly throw a spanner in the works as Ronaldo is the poster boy for rivals Nike, obviously this isn't a deciding factor as club captain Wayne Rooney is also a Nike athlete but it wont help that Nike wont like to see one of their main men join another Adidas outfit, people will say that he plays for Madrid who are on Adidas speed dial but they are also the most marketable club on the planet so Nike will just want to keep things simple.
Another factor being the men behind the scenes, Fiorentino Perez is shrewd man, he wont let his most valuable asset go without good reason for one his presidency is halfway through its term and he is in a strong position to be re-elected come 2017 if he can hold onto the golden goose that is Ronaldo.
Louis Van Gaal is another who could be a deciding facto;, the Dutchman commands worldwide respect for what he has done throughout Europe and Ronaldo would have no qualms for playing under him. The last and perhaps the most important is super agent Jorge Mendes who is Ronaldo's agent and the most influential agent in the world today, he brokered the move to Madrid and has had recent dealings with United with Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria's well profiled moves to the club, and if the Real Madrid star made his intentions crystal clear to move Mendes has the ability to make it happen.
Overall it is down to Ronaldo and how badly he wants the move, it could be a case of him voicing his displeasure and getting on with what he does best, and United have declined to pass comment on the situation which gives no indication but there is no question on what the fans think, they want their favourite son back and now the blue touchpaper has been lit how much smoke will be let off?.