Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Man United has been simulated on FIFA 20

  • Kobe Tong
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It's now been 11 years since Cristiano Ronaldo waved goodbye to Manchester United fans.

After spending six seasons at the 'Theatre of Dreams', the Portuguese drew a line under his spell in England and completed a then world-record transfer to Real Madrid for £80 million.

Ever since that fateful summer, rumours have been swirling around that Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford one day, but the likelihood of that fairytale decreases with each year that passes.

And now aged 35 and with unfinished business at his current employers Juventus, it looks unlikely that Ronaldo will ever pull on the red jersey that made him a superstar again.

However, let's park that thought and put on our tinfoil hats for a second: what would happen if Ronaldo did indeed make a stunning return to United this season?

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It would certainly be a strange thought seeing Ronaldo exchanging passes with Odion Ighalo, listening to orders from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and donning the 2019/20 range of jerseys.

Nevertheless, we're pretty sure those images would bring a lot of smiles to United fans and just because it's impossible in real life, that doesn't mean we can't settle for the next best thing.

That's because EA Sports' flagship game series FIFA - and it's career mode in particular - provides gamers with the opportunity to simulate alternative realities with about as much realism as possible.

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FIFA 20 simulation of Ronaldo at Man Utd

Enter YouTuber 'Renzy'. Back in December, the video creator ran a simulation with Ronaldo back at United for the 2019/20 season and documented exactly what FIFA 20 thought would happen.

Naturally, a few more changes were picked up by the random nature of career mode, most notably Thomas Muller signing for United, but nothing is totally from without the realms of possibility.

You can check out the full video down below and keep scrolling for our breakdown of the results: 

Not bad. Not bad at all.

As a 93-rated player, it will come as no surprise that Ronaldo walked straight into the starting XI and boasted a record of 22 goals and five assists upon his return to Premier League action.

Ronaldo played in all 38 league games across the season, but didn't finish as United's top scorer, finishing just two strikes behind another hypothetical signing in the form of Muller.

Nevertheless, 22 strikes is nothing to be sniffed at and it helped United amass a club-record 95 points, even though they still finished third behind Tottenham and champions Manchester City. 

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United were defeated by their 'Noisy Neighbours' in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup semi-finals, but turned things around by winning the Europa League with a 3-0 final win over Inter Milan.

Ronaldo's overall rating slightly declined to 92 and his transfer value dipped to £51 million.

So, if FIFA 20 is anything to go by, United could do a lot worse than trying to re-sign Ronaldo, but I'm afraid we can't see it happening, even in Ed Woodward's wildest dreams.

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