Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has put forward his belief that former United maestro Cristiano Ronaldo is now ‘unbuyable’.
Ronaldo was sold by Ferguson in 2009 for a staggering world-record fee of £80 million to Real Madrid where he has remained since and has build his reputation as one of the game’s greatest ever players.
The Portuguese attacker won the Champion’s League with United in 2008 and three Premier League titles. Since his switch he’s won the La Liga title last year, the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana.
But his former manager now claims the 27-year-old is too expensive for any club that he’d want to play for.
"You're talking about incredible amounts of money now. What would you think his value would be? He's definitely unbuyable,” claimed Ferguson.
“Who could afford to buy him? There's talk of the Russians, perhaps. But do you think he would go to Russia? He complained about the weather here, let alone the middle of winter in Russia.”
Ronaldo has been tenuously linked with moves to super-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala who snapped up former Inter Milan and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o, agreeing a lucrative contract worth in excess of €20 million after tax per season.
Ronaldo recently claimed he could be tempted by such a lucrative move.
He said of the rumours:
"In football, you never know what will happen. So if I end up in Russia, one shouldn't raise his eyebrows in surprise."
But Ferguson baulked at the suggestion, claiming that Ronaldo always dreamed of playing for Real Madrid and would be unlikely to leave the Santiago Bernabeu any time soon.
"He was definitely good value for Madrid but he always wanted to play for them. It was his boyhood dream."
Ronaldo has dismissed transfer talk for the time being and stated he is content where he is but his recent dramatics and comments in the press have signalled, at times, quite the contrary.
“At the moment I'm quite comfortable with Real."
Is Ferguson right? Is a path back to Old Trafford just too complicated?
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