Real Madrid must sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United

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Cristiano Ronaldo's legend will stand the test of time at Real Madrid, of that there can be no doubt.

Despite such luminaries as Alfredo Di Stefano, Raul, Zinedine Zidane and more gracing the corridors of the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo will sit proudly atop them all.

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Pursuit of greatness

His pursuit of greatness is as relentless as anything we have seen in the modern era, and try as the mainstream media might to discredit his achievements, the Portuguese is deserving of his place in the history books of Los Blancos.

Once again this season Ronaldo has hit the ground running.

Double figures in goals scored reached quicker than any other Real Madrid player in history and just two goals now behind Raul in the race to be the all-time record scorer in the Champions League.

As with Lionel Messi at Barca, Cristiano's resume is off the scale.

So why might it be a good idea to allow him to return "home" to Manchester United?

Knee problems

Let's start with his troublesome knee tendonosis. According to Bone&, the injury is: "Particularly prevalent in sports involving jumping and heavy landing, rapid acceleration or deceleration and kicking" and "has a tendency to become chronic and, in elite athletes, the incidence of having to retire from their sport is as high as 53%."

It is patently an injury that will not improve even with surgery, so the Cristiano Ronaldo we are seeing at this point in time is hardly likely to be improved upon.

Given the above, a reduction in potential transfer fee would be a pre-requisite right? Wrong.

Everything in place

Conservative estimates put a transfer valuation of anywhere between £70m and £80m for a player who would arrive at the very earliest in the summer transfer window of 2015. By then Ronaldo will be on his way to his 31st birthday.

A further saving of £20m per year on salary is attractive for Madrid, and Ronaldo's own desire to move makes an imminent return a distinct possibility.

Sky Sports' Guillem Balague recently told viewers: “I have a pretty good idea of when he wants to go. It won’t be this month or next month, but he wants to go back to Manchester United and everything is in place for him to return to Old Trafford.”

Whilst there isn't a replacement available that will hit the back of the onion bag with anything like the frequency that Ronaldo has, Real have enough about them in the midfield and attacking areas to cover for an inevitable sale.

Real's record goalscorer

The only possible hold up will be Ronaldo's intention to become the record goalscorer at the club, which though not impossible this season, would be more than likely to happen during the following campaign.

Such a delay could well affect the financial aspects of any move so, despite his service to the club, it pays Florentino Perez to oil the wheels to Ronaldo's exit in the coming months.

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