Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed reports of a return to Old Trafford, claiming it makes no sense to consider leaving Real Madrid just yet.
The Portugal international joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2003 for a fee of around £12million, and was immediately handed the famous number 7 shirt. Still a teenager back then, it naturally took the forward a little time to adjust to his new surroundings, but when he did, he was a huge sensation.
By the time Ronaldo moved to Real in 2009 for a world record £80million, he had played an integral part in the Reds winning three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups and, in 2008, the UEFA Champions League. On a personal note, he was voted both PFA Player of the Year and the Footballer of the Year in successive seasons (2008 and 2009), and in 2008 he won the Ballon d’Or and was also named World Player of the Year.
Yet incredibly, his game has progressed even further during his time in Spain. His four-goal haul in the win over Elche on Tuesday took his overall tally to 186 in 169 appearances in La Liga, a competition he helped Los Blancos win in 2012. More significantly, he scored a record 17 goals in the Champions League as Real finally got their hands on La Decima.
In recent weeks Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Old Trafford at the end of the season, but the 29-year-old has dampened such speculation by saying: “They are all speculations about my future. My future is Real Madrid. I’m happy this season is going well and my future, I will not speak about, it does not make sense.”
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