Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been heavily linked with a sensational return to Manchester United.
Although fans of the Red Devils seem ready to welcome their former No. 7 icon back, it seems the player is not willing to move anywhere this summer.
Ronaldo’s stance to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu for at least one more season was further emphasised on Wednesday during Real Madrid’s 6-2 victory at home to Malaga.
The Portuguese winger, who carried the armband in that game, missed a 22nd-minute penalty before redeeming himself in the 26th minute with a curling free-kick from inside the box.
His celebration, more than his outstanding goal, captured the headlines of some newspapers in Spain. The 28-year-old superstar who has reached 200 career goals at Real Madrid beat his chest, shouted repeatedly “me, here” and pointed at himself, the club’s badge on his jersey as well as the Bernabeu’s turf.
“Cristiano Ronaldo, más blanco que nunca” (Cristiano Ronaldo more White than anyone), wrote Madrid-based media Marca.com in a report. These actions from the Portuguese national team skipper appear as a great boost to Los Blancos, who have a Copa del Rey date with city rivals Atletico Madrid on May 17.
Following a poor start to their Spanish La Liga campaign, Real Madrid had to concede their league crown early to rampant Barcelona. The nine-time European champions also narrowly missed out on Wembley as Borussia Dortmund prevailed in the semi-finals.
Real Madrid have a last chance to win silverware and all eyes will be on the team’s No. 7 star to do what he did in his first season in Spain: guide Florentino Perez’s Galacticos to Spanish Cup glory.
Ronaldo has scored six goals in this competition and is only one strike behind Atletico’s Diego Costa.
Real Madrid are poised to succeed current Copa del Rey champions Barcelona but Atletico Madrid plot a repeat of the 1992 final in which they beat Los Blancos 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu with goals from Bernd Schuster and Paulo Futre.
This year's final will also take place in Real's home and rumours suggest the game will be Ronaldo's last big moment for the club before a switch to Old Trafford.
While Real Madrid supporters scream “Cristiano te necesita” (Cristiano we need you), nostalgic Manchester United fans cry out “come home, Ronaldo”. However, the goal celebration against Malaga speaks volumes.
The summer of the year 2013 may not see the world's most expensive footballer put pen to paper for a transfer to the Theatre of Dreams, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain or anywhere else.
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