So the inevitable did happen.
While it looked increasingly likely that Ronaldo was going to move away from Manchester United some day, few expected it to be announced this early in the summer, perhaps because there wasn't much of a media circus this time around.
Reactions have been varied although shock seems to be the reigning emotion. Some United fans have taken it gracefully and instead of hoping aloud that Ronaldo never wins a trophy again have decided to discuss his many contributions to United.
But there are scores who begrudge him for wanting a move away from the club which nurtured him and had a hand in developing him into one of the world's top football talent in what they consider to be an apparent case of backstabbing.
At this point, I would like to confess that I do not understand the concept of loyalty in football. I just don't.
How is football any different from other professions where employees switch jobs because they just want a change or want to explore other options?
I personally know individuals who are currently working for world-renowned organizations but are looking to quit at the earliest opportunity simply because they think they need a change from the routine their life has fallen into.
For fans, supporting a club is a life-long commitment, and I can see how loyalty applies there. But for footballers, which club they choose to play for is a career choice, and I see nothing wrong with treating it as just that.
I know many are going to cite the examples of the Giggs and Scholes of the world. I believe they have to come to terms with the fact that for some players, United is not the pinnacle, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Six years is not a short time, especially in football, where careers last a maximum of 15 years or so. Ronaldo has repaid the faith shown in him by United through the several major titles he almost single-handedly gifted the club.
He is one of United's most decorated players, and one of the most exciting and talented players to grace Old Trafford. While arguments may continue to rage for years about whether Ronaldo deserves legendary status at the club, there is no denying that he lit up United and English football.
Life will go on for both parties, so I do not see why there should be any mud-slinging or bitterness. Ronaldo will continue to speak highly of United, and I hope United supporters remember the good times they had with Ronaldo instead of calling for his head.
I, for one, am looking forward to see Ronaldo plough his trade in Spain. I think deep-down I was craving for a change as well, and I can't help being excited about the prospect of watching a talent like him in a different league with a different style of football against different opponents.
If there's one thing I'd miss from his time at United though, it would be the No. 7 on his back.
Good luck on your new journey, Ron!
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