Many Manchester United supporters still dream of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford one day in the future.
However, after signing a new long-term deal with Real Madrid earlier this season, it's time for the Red Devils' faithful to accept that it just won't happen.
Still refuse to believe it? Here are five reasons why Ronaldo is never coming back to Manchester – or at least United, anyway.
1. Ronaldo will be past his best
In 2018, when Ronaldo's current Real Madrid contract is set to expire, the Portugal forward will be 33 years old.
Manchester United simply will not pay out a fortune on a player in their mid-thirties - regardless of whether or not the player in question is a former Old Trafford hero and Ballon d'Or winner.
2. Ronaldo will want to stay at dream club Real Madrid
Ronaldo made it clear, both during and after his Manchester United career, that Real Madrid was his dream club.
The Portuguese superstar is content at the Bernabeu – and if the situation is the same in four or five years' time, there's no reason why he'd want to leave all that in order to return to Old Trafford.
3. Manchester United will have moved on
Ronaldo may have moved on since leaving Old Trafford in 2009, and so too have Manchester United.
In 2018 it will be nine years since Ronaldo left Manchester United – a metaphoric lifetime in football.
The Red Devils will be best off leaving Ronaldo where he is now: in the past.
4. Manchester United won't be able to afford him anyway
Say if Manchester United were keen, for whatever reason, to re-sign Ronaldo in a few years' time. Chances are they won't be able to afford him, anyway.
The Red Devils cannot offer the same lucrative packages as Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City, etc.
If Ronaldo was looking for one last big pay day, Manchester United wouldn't be top of his list.
5. No Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford
Cristiano Ronaldo viewed former Manchester United boss as a father figure, and the Scot was the reason why he stuck it out for another year at Old Trafford, despite wanting to leave for Real Madrid in 2008.
With David Moyes at the helm, there's no chance of Ronaldo wanting to come back to Old Trafford. There's no connection there.
When Ferguson went, so too did United's chances of re-signing Ronaldo.
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