A Manchester United supporters group is planning to entice former hero Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club by flying a 'COME HOME RONALDO' banner during Real Madrid's next La Liga game against Villareal at the Estadio El Madrigal on Saturday.
The supporters group, called United Reel, includes members from all over the world. The entire stunt will be funded from donations by their members.
The group has teamed up with other officially affiliated clubs like MUSC Lebanon, MUSC, Egypt and MUSC United Arab Emirates.
The group is founded and coordinated by a massive Manchester United fanatic named Oli Grandidge. In a statement on their official Twitter account, the group said:
"UNITED REEL has active supporters on every continent of the world and we are all united by our love for Cristiano both as a football player and as a person. We stand united in our views and will not stop until we BRING RONALDO HOME!"
With the match scheduled to be aired by SkySports and other major networks, the group hopes to attract maximum global exposure and are very excited to see Ronaldo's response to this whole exhibition.
This is not the first time that Manchester United fans have flown a banner as a different group put together £840 to stage a similar stunt in an effort to overthrow troubled former manager David Moyes back in March of this year. The message read: "WRONG ONE - MOYES OUT."
Ronaldo was sold to Real Madrid for a mammoth £80 million back in 2009 after six trophy laden seasons at the Old Trafford outfit. Although the player has won everything possible with Madrid, including the most coveted 'La Decima', recent comments from former Madrid president Ramon Calderon state that the player is 'fed' up with current president Fiorentino Perez's transfer policy.
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal was earlier asked whether he would like to have the Portuguese superstar back at Old Trafford and the Dutchman insisted that he would love to have him but believes that the Spanish club wont sell.
It is believed that a package of a whopping £120m, including wages, should be enough to bring the 29-year-old back to the club. This could be very problematic for United as they look to make loan signing Radamel Falcao's transfer permanent next year and are looking to invest on another midfielder and at least two defenders.
Ronaldo plays down speculation
However, talking in the aftermath of Real Madrid's 5-1 victory over Elche on Tuesday, Ronaldo said: "They are all speculations about my future ... My future is Madrid. I'm happy this season is going well and my future, I will not speak about, it does not make sense."
Ronaldo scored 4 goals in the game which took his La Liga tally to 186 goals in 169 games and overall tally to 264 goals in 254 games for Real Madrid.
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