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With Real record in reach, Ronaldo is readying Reds return

| 04.09.2014

Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at Real Madrid yet again after the club’s transfer dealings this summer, following the sale of the likes of last season’s key players Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso. The 29-year-old has also suggested he would like to return to Manchester United in the future.

That could be just two years or less from now, as the Ballon d’Or-winning forward is now within touching distance of Real’s all-time scoring records in the league and overall. Ronaldo is currently on 178 and 255 on those respective lists, 50 and 68 behind leader in both Raul.

If he keeps up his overall record of scoring more than 30 La Liga goals, and over 47 in all competitions, as he has done the last four seasons, he will surpass the Spanish great’s record within two years, and in possibly 400 games less. By then he will be 31-years-old, probably a bit cheaper but could still renew his stellar career at Old Trafford for a few years, much like his compatriot Luis Figo at Inter Milan.

Following the sales of Di Maria (to Man Utd) and Alonso (Bayern Munich), Ronaldo said: “I have strong opinions but I can’t always say what I think; otherwise it would be on the front page and I don’t want that.

“But if it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done so. But if the president thinks the best thing for the team is to sign players and let others leave, we must respect and support the decision.

“With new players the style will change and it may change for better or worse.”

This follows quotes Ronaldo said almost exactly the year before, after Real also sold Mesut Ozil to Arsneal. “The sale of Ozil is bad news for me. He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal. I’m angry about Ozil leaving,” he exclaimed.

It certainly seems that the Portugal captain and centurion has kept up to date with his old side, United, and he has suggested he would be in favour of a return in the future.

“I love Manchester [United]; everyone knows that – I have said it many times. Manchester is in my heart. I left many good friends there, the supporters are amazing and I wish I can come back one day.

“I am happy here in Real Madrid and have four more years, but in the future you never know because they treated me unbelievably there.

“I really did love being at Manchester United. Believe me, they will be a good team again. I’m sure of it. It is a great club.”

On the current slump the Red Devils are in since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Ronaldo added: “This can happen. Bad moments and good moments.

“Manchester is passing through a bad moment. Last year it was a horrible season and this year they haven’t started well either.

“But I do think they did well to buy Di Maria and [Radamel] Falcao. I think the team will be much better. I want to see them better because it is such a fantastic club and they deserve to be better.

Falcao is a very good signing. He is a very good player.”

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Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.