This is according to Guillem Balague, whose new book ‘Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography’ is currently being serialised by Sky Sports.
In the book, Balague claims “Cristiano Ronaldo still dreams of returning to Manchester United” and that the Premier League giants “have enough financial power to secure his return”.
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The Spanish football expert writes: “In summer 2014 he told a Real Madrid player who was about to leave Los Blancos that he saw himself at United in two years' time.
“The feeling that Carrington was the ideal place to pave his path, Old Trafford to play his football and the Premier League to feel loved gradually developed in Ronaldo's head.”
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Ronaldo has won the lot at Real Madrid
It’s been six-and-a-half years since Ronaldo left Manchester United and during that time he has won two Ballon d’Or awards, the Liga BBVA title, the Champions League and become Real Madrid’s record goalscorer.
The £80 million Real Madrid paid the Red Devils in the summer of 2009, with the benefit of hindsight, was an absolute bargain for Los Blancos.
Now 30 years old, Ronaldo does appear to be slowing down a little. The Portuguese star has scored eight goals in 10 La Liga appearances this season - but five of those goals were scored in one match: the 6-0 demolition of Espanyol.
Balague: CR7 return to United doesn't make sense
While many United fans would love to see Ronaldo back at Old Trafford, where he completed his transformation from a raw but talented teenager into an unstoppable goal machine, Balague is not convinced the deal would make sense for either the Red Devils or the player.
“In my opinion it does not make sense for him to return to Old Trafford,” the Revista de la Liga pundit adds. “Neither for the club nor for him. They are in parallel universes.
“Ronaldo would go back to the city that he wanted to leave behind for so many years. He would have to fight against his own shadow. Manchester United have a big enough global following and sufficient financial firepower without him.
“They no longer need Cristiano Ronaldo. He will remain a Manchester United legend. A memory that both club and player still feed off today.”
PSG a more likely next destination?
One potential destination for Ronaldo after Real Madrid is Paris Saint-Germain.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner was seen whispering something into the ear of PSG coach Laurent Blanc after the Champions League clash between the French champions and Real Madrid in mid-week - prompting speculation over a summer move - and the chance to make more history at the Parc des Princes may appeal to the all-time great.
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