Rio Ferdinand does not believe Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Manchester United before the end of his career because the chances of winning the Champions League are too low.
Despite all his goals and individual awards, the Portuguese has won just two European titles in a career filled with less glory than the stats would otherwise suggest.
He won three Premier League titles and one of his two Champions League titles with the Red Devils, so you would think that part of his career would be closed, but, still, reports have constantly linked the 30-year-old with a glorious return to Manchester.
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The reports have been mainly kept alive by the fans with some even starting crowdfunding projects to try and raise the necessary funds to bring him back from the Bernabeu.
But Ferdinand believes all of their efforts are going to waste because the only thing Ronaldo is interested in is collecting as many Champions League winner's medals as he can before hanging up his boots.
“The biggest thing about it is that he is competing to win the league and Champions League every year,” Ferdinand told BreatheSport.
“The Champions League is his holy grail.
"Does he seem himself doing that at Man Utd immediately? He doesn’t have time to waste. He hasn’t got time for a transitional period. So that ends the conversation.”
Leaving Madrid, but not for Manchester
After originally arriving in Manchester in 2003 as an unknown skinny, tricky teenager, Ronaldo came to prominence at Old Trafford, but would leave six years later to achieve his dream of playing for Real Madrid.
Plenty of reports have suggested that Ronaldo may be gearing up for an exit from Los Blancos, but it seems the project at PSG is more attractive than anything Louis van Gaal can offer.
Sky Sports expert Guillem Balague claimed earlier this week that Ronaldo could leave the Spanish capital as early as next summer with PSG ready to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the three-time Ballon d'Or winner.