Manchester United Transfer News: Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo Tipped to Return

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 09: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF looks on during the Copa del Rey Round of 8 first match between Real Madrid and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 9, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo will end his career in England, according to former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon.

As reported in The Sun via Sky Sports, Calderon suggests Ronaldo's troublesome relationship with current Real chairman Florentino Perez could see him head back to the Premier League:

I do not think he will finish his career at Real.

I feel that one day he will return to England. In Madrid, he is pleased with the city and the fans. But I think his relationship with Florentino Perez is not as good as it was with Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Ronaldo loves father figures. With Florentino, he does not have that rapport. The relationship is bad or actually non-existent. He stays at Real despite the chairman.

While Calderon doesn't specifically mention Manchester United, it's fair to say new manager David Moyes has the capacity to replicate the "father figure" relationship the player enjoyed with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ronaldo signed a new contract in the summer, keeping him tied to Real until 2018. However, the 28-year-old does have time to take on one last major deal before his career ends, per BBC Sport.

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 13:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid is put under pressure by Jonny Evans and Phil Jones of Manchester United  during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester United at Estadio Sant
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As written by Paul Hayward of The Telegraph, Ronaldo recently confirmed how Rio Ferdinand tried to lure him back to Old Trafford during the summer:

Cristiano Ronaldo says Rio Ferdinand called him in Madrid last summer to try to persuade him to return to Manchester United.


Former neighbours in Cheshire, Ronaldo and Ferdinand were apparently speaking as mates, but the new world No 1 said that Ferdinand tried to "change my mind" about staying at the Bernabeu.

Many United fans would love to witness the return of their former star, and Calderon's comments provide hope that Ronaldo's love for the club will one day see him once again embrace the famous red.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - APRIL 15:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates following the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Porto and Manchester United at the Estadio do Dragao on April 15, 2009 in Porto, Portugal.  (Photo
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The 2013 Ballon d'Or winner continues to excel in Madrid and for Portugal. He has scored 37 goals in 29 appearances for Los Blancos this season, per Sky Sports, and played a pivotal role in sending his nation to the World Cup by netting a second-leg hat-trick against Sweden in the qualification playoff.

His 2013 club record, as tweeted by OptaJean, highlights the impressive effectiveness of the man who left United in 2009:

Moyes will certainly be looking to build his own Red Devils side across the coming years—assuming he is afforded the time to do so—and an aging Ronaldo could become a pivotal piece in the club's development.

As we've seen with the sporadic appearances of Ryan Giggs, it is important for the club to maintain its stars in some capacity. Further up the chain, the overlooking presence of greats such as Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton highlight a willingness to keep experienced winners influencing the team's direction.

Ronaldo's potential return can't be ruled out, but in the immediate future, Moyes needs to quickly strengthen his squad ahead of the latter half of the season.   

United are currently seventh in the Premier League, competing in the Capital One Cup and hoping for a Champions League run, suggesting the squad need a galvanising boost at this crucial time.

With three defeats in four games since the arrival of 2014, it's periods like this that will have the supporters vying for Ronaldo's reappearance more intensely than ever.