Cristiano Ronaldo: Star Forward Would Be Great Acquisition for Manchester United

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2012

ROME - MAY 27: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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As if Manchester United wasn't already the most dominant squad in the Premier League, it could see another key piece enter the fold.

According to Andy James of the Daily Mail, Real Madrid stud forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told those close to him that he'd be open to a return to the Red Devils.

Word of Ronaldo's possible switch comes at an intriguing time for the soccer world, as Manchester United and Real Madrid have been matched up against each other in the round of 16 for the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League tournament.

Already sporting three 100-plus goal scorers in Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, the addition of Ronaldo would put a monopoly on the Premier League for the Red Devils.

Ronaldo sported a Man U uniform from 2003-2009 before making the move to Spain, where he's been with Real Madrid since.

James writes that Ronaldo is still adored by some Red Devils fans, and even if Ronaldo left a sour taste in the mouths of some Manchester United fans when he left, he won't have a hard time regaining their respect if he does make the switch.

Since 2009, Ronaldo has scored 170 goals in 169 matches, making him one of the deadliest scorers in the game (h/t Daily Mail).

Although it will cost a hefty price for the Portuguese star to end his contract, the cost could be worth it for Ronaldo.

The Daily Mail reports that Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho could be a candidate to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, which would join Ronaldo with his former coach.

It's all speculation for now—as Ronaldo's comments don't necessarily have much weight to them yet—but one thing is for sure: Ronaldo is open to a Man U return, and it sounds like they'll welcome him with open arms.


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