Manchester United pay tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo on Instagram

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Manchester United have wished former player Cristiano Ronaldo the best of luck ahead of tonight's Ballon d'Or ceremony. 

Ronaldo, who won his first Ballon d'Or whilst starring at Old Trafford, will be hoping to be crowned the world's greatest player for the second consecutive time in Zurich this evening. 

United message 

And, seven years on from scoring his only hat-trick in the red of United, the club have released a special Instagram message for their former superstar. 

There's no doubt about it, the Portuguese forward, who really started to make his name on English soil, is still missed by the Manchester United faithful, with many fans still hoping that he will one day make a dramatic return to the club. 

In fact, under the Louis van Gaal era, Ronaldo has been linked with a move back to Manchester United, but as he continues to excel in Madrid, a move back to Old Trafford seems increasingly unlikely.

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Ronaldo, then, will be desperate to secure another individual award tonight, with the majority expecting him to beat Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer to the prestigious prize. 

Despite having endured a tricky time at this past summer's World Cup, the former Manchester United star enjoyed a remarkable season in Spain last term as the Carlo Ancelotti's side secured Champions League silverware. 

Struggling United 

Manchester United, meanwhile, will be hoping to bounce back after their recent defeat to Southampton in the Premier League. Ronald Koeman's side ran out 1-0 winners at the Theatre of Dreams yesterday to leave Van Gaal's side in forth place in the Premier League table.

The Red Devils travel to Loftus Road this weekend to take on a struggling QPR side, with Ronaldo's former Madrid teammate Angel di Maria hoping to get back to his best form after a disappointing display against the Saints. United will be desperate to get back to winning ways immediately, as they look to build momentum once again under Van Gaal. 

Manchester United fans: Do you think Ronaldo will ever return to your club? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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