Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has laughed off suggestions that he could complete a controversial switch to Manchester City.
Speaking to BT Sport, as per the video below, the distinguished forward has insisted that, at 30 years of age, he's not motivated by money, suggesting that he'd move to Qatar rather than City if he was thinking about the financial benefits of a future move.
It appears, then, that supporters of Manchester United can breathe a sigh of relief that their beloved hero isn't contemplating a big-money transfer to the Etihad.
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Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford in the summer of 2009 for a record-breaking £80 million, has gone from strength-to-strength in La Liga and is now recognised by many as the leading player in world football.
However, with the versatile forward approaching the latter stages of his career, he has been long linked with a move away from Real Madrid.
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Forget the money
But, according to Ronaldo, it's unlikely that he will end up in the blue half of Manchester. The former United star told BT Sport: “You think the money is going to change my mind now, at 30 years old?
“I don’t think so. I think this is not going to be the problem.
“If you speak about the money I will go to Qatar. Maybe they probably have more money than Manchester City.
“But it’s not about the money, it’s about the passion.”
Ronaldo won't be returning
Let's be honest, Ronaldo won't be returning to Manchester before the end of his career. City may well have the financial strength to lure him away from Madrid, but it's going to take far more than that to secure his signature.
Manchester United fans should probably give up on the Ronaldo dream, too. The charismatic star may well have one more big move left in him, but it's time for the Red Devils to move on in their pursuit of long-term success.
Do you think Ronaldo will return to Manchester United? Have your say below!
To watch the full interview tune into BT Sport Europe at 10pm this Sunday. ‘Ronaldo’ is in cinemas, on DVD, Blu-Ray and available to buy or rent on BT TV on 9 November.
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