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ESP | Nov 20, 2022

Ronaldo to return to Real Madrid?

Al Edwards

Al Edwards / Our Today

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Cristiano Ronaldo may be headed back to Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo may be making a spectacular return to Real Madrid, according to reports from European media platforms.

After an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan, that went viral in which Ronaldo was scathing in his criticisms of current club Manchester United and said he has no respect for its coach Eric ten Hag, it is unlikely that he will ever again be seen in the red shirt.

Ronaldo is purportedly offering himself to Real Madrid for six months as a replacement for French superstar Karim Benzema, who picked up a thigh injury in training on the eve of the World Cup.

Benzema will now miss the World Cup and may be out for a big part of the remaining season.

BENZEMA TO MISS WORLD CUP

The Portuguese superstar can slot in as a replacement striker and add to his tally of Champions League goals.

Currently in Qatar preparing for the World Cup with the national team of Portugal, he will need to find a new club after the World Cup, as Manchester United lawyers are looking at ways to terminate his contract. He has been asked not to return to the Carrington training ground.

The world’s top goal scorer with 818 goals to date, Ronaldo played for Real Madrid for nine seasons (2009-2018) scoring a total of 450 goals there, 105 of those in the Champions League.

If this move was to come off, it would mark the return of a club hero.

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti, the coach of Real Madrid, has said Ronaldo is one of the best players he has ever worked with.

Back in 2013, during Ancelotti’s first stint managing Real Madrid, he told the Times: “I’ve seen Ronaldo play a lot of times, of course, but when you’re up close everyday, his technical skills are unbelievable. He’s the best I’ve ever seen.”

‘HUGELY PROFESSIONAL’

Four years later, the legendary Italian coach, speaking with ESPN, went further, adding: “His (Ronaldo’s) belly is never full. People had told me he was like this before I went to Real Madrid, but until you actually work with him every day, you don’t realise to what degree he takes it.

“He is hugely professional and he works as hard as anybody out there. From recovery to diet, he takes care of every detail, ensuring everything is optimal. When I compare it to my playing days, there is no comparison. Players today are far more professional – but he takes it to another level.”

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