Why Cristiano Ronaldo Shouldn't Leave Manchester United

Bradley King@bradleykingCorrespondent IJune 11, 2008

Barely had Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs put the Champions League trophy down when speculation began to increase over the future of their flamboyant talisman.

Real Madrid has been touted as a possible destination for the inspirational winger—100 million pounds the figure that it is suggested will lure him away from Old Trafford.

But Cristiano Ronaldo would be wise to examine the history books before leaving Britain behind for the South of Europe.

Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit joined Barcelona in the late '90s on the back of a successful period while playing for Arsenal. While Overmars was the marginally more impressive of the two, Petit flopped and hopped back over the channel to join Chelsea just a season later.

Another ex-Arsenal star, Nicolas Anelka, swapped Highbury for the Bernabeu at a similar time. His goals for the Gooners had lit up the Premiership, but he could only manage a measly two for Los Blancos and, after a messy exit, "Le Sulk" was considered a massive letdown.

Meanwhile in the northwest of England, a certain Michael Owen was banging in the goals for Liverpool. But a surprise transfer in 2004 saw him join Real Madrid where his goal-scoring instincts were abused, and Owen became an important member of the Real subs bench.

There are countless other examples of useless Premiership exports to La Liga. Arjen Robben, Thierry Henry, and Eidur Gudjonsen all shone in the Premier League, but looked lost or became frozen out in La Liga.

It is unclear why this is, and there are exceptions (David Beckham of course) but it seems that when a top player destined for greatness swaps fish and chips for paella, the vultures are alerted.

Be warned Cristiano.