But while the Portugal captain is a key part of the former Ajax manager’s immediate plans, are The Red Devils part of Ronaldo’s? At 37 years of age, it’s hard to imagine that the striking sensation came back to England to battle the likes of West Ham United for sixth place. It’s difficult to fathom that he came back to play Europa League football.
And seeing his former teammates such as Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric lifting their fifth Champions League crown just a few short weeks ago will have only put more doubts into the Portuguese superstar’s mind. In fact, since Real Madrid lifted the famous ‘Big Eared’ trophy for the 14th time, the bookies have slashed the odds on Ronaldo returning to the Bernabeu down to just 7/2.
And on paper, it seems like a good deal for all parties. Manchester United get to begin their rebuild and Real Madrid get back their record goal scorer. The great man put away a mighty 450 goals across nine years in the Spanish capital. Even with the huge amount of fixtures played in the modern game, you would need to score 50 goals a season to match that Herculean effort.
A stumbling block in the way of any potential reunion, however, may come in the form of Los Blancos’ manager, Carlo Ancelotti. While his players were holding up the number five in the Stade de France following the 1-0 victory over Liverpool, the Italian manager was holding up the number six, representing each time he lifted the European Cup.
He’s won the continent’s premier tournament four times with AC Milan — twice as a player and twice as a manager — and now twice with Real Madrid, after also leading them to the famed ‘La Decima’ in Lisbon eight years ago. Football365 reported last month that Ancellotti was the one who vetoed the transfer of CR7 back from Juventus last summer.