We're back here again. Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United for his dream club Real Madrid in 2009, but the latest comments from the La Liga club's ex-president Ramon Calderon may well stun fans of the Red Devils.
If you haven't heard by now, it appears that when Florentino Perez became president at the Spanish giants, he thought Cristiano Ronaldo was too expensive and wanted to end negotiations with Manchester United.
"When Florentino became president and came to the club, he wanted to break (negotiations). He thought it was very expensive."
They didn't have to sell
That's right, Manchester United fans - it's a deal that didn't have to take place. Of course, there's been revelations and rumours regarding the then world record £80 million transfer for a number of years now.
We've heard it all: Manchester United agreed to sell Cristiano Ronaldo a year before he departed, to Sir Alex Ferguson promised the Portuguese superstar that he would eventually end up a Real Madrid player.
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But, the truth of the matter is - if Calderon is to be believed - that Manchester United never had to sell Ronaldo...or did they?
Perhaps, knowing that they could get a world record fee for the player's services, the Red Devils hierarchy thought it would be best to cash in on the star. What a mistake that proved to be.
Never been the same
Manchester United have never quite been the same since the superstar's departure. Before he left, the Red Devils had secured three Premier League titles in a row and reached back-to-back Champions League finals.
With Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Co. United were the dominant force of English football and one of the most feared clubs in the world.
Post Ronaldo, United have won two out of the last five league titles, and lost their status as one of the powerhouses of European football. In fact, they're no longer even involved in Europe.
The world's best
Ronaldo, on the other hand, has gone from strength-to-strength. He's gone from a superstar to one of the greatest player's the world has ever seen. In truth, United could have kept his services for another three years and still got the same £80m for him...they probably could have got even more.
Don't get me wrong, though, it was always going to prove difficult to keep hold of the Portuguese forward. He was clearly determined to join Real Madrid, but if Perez and Co. really thought about pulling out of negotiations, then United should have done everything in their power to keep hold of him.
After the incredible service that he gave them, Manchester United fans will forever chant the name of Cristiano Ronaldo, but there must be a feeling of what might have been...
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