Cristiano Ronaldo's Return to Manchester United Is Still a Possibility

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMay 13, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 08:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Malaga CF at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 8, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Sir Alex Ferguson's announcement that he would retire after Manchester United's season turned the world on its head.

It also cast doubt on Cristiano Ronaldo's potential return to the club.

But Ferguson's departure after the season doesn't automatically take United out of the running. United voted unanimously for Everton's David Moyes to succeed Ferguson, and for good reason. 

United defender Rio Ferdinand told MUTV of the hire, via BBC Sport:

I think there are a lot of similarities with the manager that we've got at the moment.

I think Moyes will be open and sympathetic to the traditions of the club and he'll try to continue that and not come in and make changes in terms of the whole characteristics of the club.

I'm sure he is the right man to take us forward.

And while Ronaldo built a relationship with Ferguson that no one will probably ever completely duplicate, Moyes' similar coaching style points to him being the next best thing. The respect Ferguson and United have for the 50-year-old is evidence enough that he's a similar mind who figures to honor what Ferguson has done at Old Trafford.

Also, while Ferguson molded Ronaldo into a star at United, don't forget Ronaldo's respect for United in general. After scoring the game-winning goal against United in Real Madrid's 2-1 Champions League victory on March 5, Ronaldo refused to celebrate in front of the Old Trafford faithful.

It displayed a respect for the club that is rarely seen.

It's not likely that Madrid will sell Ronaldo this summer and he's publicly said that he will honor his contract, but United still has a shot of landing the superstar when his lucrative deal runs out in July 2015.

Acquiring Ronaldo right now is not realistic for United, but it makes sense that the Portugal native would return to the club that launched him into stardom in 2015 when he will be 30 years old and looking for a last hurrah in his career. Of course, it all depends on Madrid's negotiations with Ronaldo when the time comes, but the reverence that radiates between Ronaldo and United still gives the club a legitimate chance of landing him, even after Ferguson's departure.


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