Why Cristiano Ronaldo Should Be Sold to Madrid

Andrew WhittakerCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2008

I know, I know.

We're all getting tired of talking about Ronaldo's possible move to Madrid. What he did in the summer seems already to be forgotten by Sir Alex, his teammates, and us—his supporters. But this does not lower his wish, his desire to play for another club.

It is obvious that he still wants to play for Madrid. Why should that change? It has been the boy's favourite team his whole life. His mother has stated that she will do everything to one day see her boy in the royal white shirt; and he hasn't denied it either.

Now, I too have read all the rubbish about him not smiling, because he does not want to play for United. That's rubbish. I sincerely believe that he's not smiling because he thinks he isn't playing well, and rightly so. He has been a shadow of himself in recent weeks.

My point is this, though: If he truly has his heart set on United, why has he not made that clear? Every time he is asked about his future, he says he'll at least stay here for another season, or that God is the only one knowing his future.

Seeing that United now has Berbatov, Rooney, Tevez, Park, Nani, Anderson, Fletcher, Carrick, Hargreaves, Scholes and Giggs to fill the front six spots, would it not be reasonable to consider selling Ronaldo for a fee as high as £60 million?

We could definitely use the money. First of all, we could use it to secure Carlos Tevez. Tevez has been magnificent since joining, and has committed himself from the very beginning, saying that he loves United and wants to stay. The other half could be used to either buy another forward or winger.

Now, I agree that he is one of our best players (second to Rooney only), but the fuss that is made about him every single summer is something we could live without. I am sure that his ego is welcome at Madrid, even though they claim not to want him anymore (rubbish).

So what would be the downsides of Ronaldo's leaving, and who is good enough to replace him?