Speculation is rife that this could be Ronaldo’s final season at the Bernabeu, having achieved everything with the Spanish outfit and cemented his status as the club’s all-time top goalscorer.
Very few clubs could afford to sign Ronaldo if he does to decide to leave Real Madrid in the summer, but Manchester United would be amongst the European giants vying for his signature.
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Beckham believes that rather than joining Paris Saint-Germain or another club with huge spending power, Ronaldo should return to Old Trafford, where he completed his transformation from the raw teenager who arrived from Sporting Lisbon to a Ballon d’Or winner within the space of five years.
“I’d never advise anyone not to come back to United,” Beckham was quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News ahead of UNICEF’s ‘Match for Children’ this weekend.
“I’d have crawled back if I could. But then obviously given the chance then once I’d left Manchester United, to have played for one of the biggest clubs in the world with Real Madrid, again it was a dream but I’d never advise any player to not return to Man United.
“Cristiano is such a fans’ favourite here - he was so successful here at Old Trafford and such a hard worker. Everyone you talk to that has played with him, been around his world, he’s not just one of the most talented players in the game, he’s a hard worker as well.
“If he decides to leave Real Madrid then for me personally the only place he should go is back to United. I never had the opportunity to do it to but I’m proud of the teams I played for after I left United.”
PSG is a more likely next destination for Ronaldo
The majority of Manchester United fans, like Beckham, would love to see Ronaldo back at Old Trafford after a seven-year absence - even though he will have turned 31 by the time the 2016-17 campaign begins.
However, Ronaldo is no longer the explosive winger who left United in 2009. He’s older now and having to adapt his game accordingly.
In order to remain a superstar, Ronaldo might be better off joining a club like PSG, where he would have an opportunity to create more history at another club.
The Portuguese star will also be acutely aware that helping PSG end their wait for the Champions League trophy - a realistic objective for the Ligue 1 title holders over the next few years - would give him a great chance to land a fourth Ballon d’Or award.
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