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Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United Rumors Make Little Sense

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 17:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF reacts after his free kick hit the post during the Copa del Rey Final between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 17, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 16, 2013

Another day of the transfer window being open, another far-fetched rumor that has little chance of coming to fruition. 

The newest speculation surrounds the world-class Cristiano Ronaldo and a potential return to the club that truly put him on the map, Manchester United. 

News comes courtesy of The Daily Mail's Simon Stone:

New manager Moyes has only made one signing so far this summer, with Guillermo Varela joining for an undisclosed fee.

But the club's chief executive Ed Woodward insists the resources are there to recruit top-drawer talent and said they are 'absolutely' able to compete for players in the £60million-£70million bracket.

'We haven't got money burning a hole in our pocket but we have got a strategy on player purchases and if David wants to go after a stellar player he can do that,' he said.

United have been linked with Tottenham star Bale - a player that Moyes' predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign in 2007 before he joined Spurs - and there has also been speculation regarding a sensational bid to re-sign Ronaldo, who left United for Real Madrid in 2009 for a world-record £80million fee.

It just seems like there's a big jump being made from "stellar" player, which Woodward undoubtedly confirms, to one of the best in the world, which is seemingly pure speculation and rumor

Even if Manchester United was in fact targeting Ronaldo, however, it doesn't make a ton of sense from either side. 

The Red Devils would love to put Ronaldo back in a red shirt, don't get me wrong. He was an overwhelming force and part of some truly dominant squads in the late 2000s, and since leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid, he has only gotten better.

But if there's one thing Manchester United doesn't need, it's a goal-scorer. Especially for £80 million, or however much it will cost. 

Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and even Danny Welbeck combine to make a tremendous strikeforce as it is. If David Moyes is going to make a "stellar" signing, it should instead be in the midfield.

On the other side of things, would Ronaldo really want to come back?

There's no question he still has tremendous respect for Manchester United—he proved as much when he refused to celebrate after a goal against the Red Devils during the Champions League:

But it's not like Manchester United is some gargantuan step up from Madrid. Each side has earned a spectacular amount of hardware throughout history, and a case could be made for either as to which is "better."

Even if nostalgia might boost United over Madrid in Ronaldo's book, things aren't guaranteed to be the same for the superstar with Sir Alex Ferguson no longer on the sidelines.

Put it all together, and there's no major incentive for the 28-year-old to switch clubs right now.

Rumors like these are always fun. But there's just not enough evidence from either side to suggest this one has any legs. 

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