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Cristiano Ronaldo Set For Sensational Return To Man Utd?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid is in doubt due to treatment from his own fans and new tax laws introduced in Spain. Could this lead to a United return?

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid is in doubt due to rough treatment from his own fans and new tax laws introduced in Spain.

Foreign footballers have been taking advantage of a loophole allowing them to only pay 24% income tax since 2003, when David Beckham was the first to enjoy the benefits of this law following his move to Real from Man Utd.

However, the Spanish government have just scrapped the loophole meaning all foreign footballers will now have to pay 54% tax on their income. Good news for the Premier League, as teams can now compete in terms of wages with the Spanish giants once again, but bad news for players like Ronaldo who is on a whopping £250,000 per-week.

The changes to tax laws will mean either Ronaldo will in effect take a huge pay-cut to remain in Spain, or Madrid will have to increase his wages. Unlikely given they’re already shelling-out £250,000 a week!


This has lead to reports claiming the forward is considering his future, but remarkably the main reason is due to the treatment he’s receiving from his own fans.

Ronaldo has been targeted by large sections of the Bernabeu crowd and he was heckled during last month’s El Clasico defeat to Barcelona. This is almost unbelievable given the fact the 26-year-old has scored 26 goals this season, helping Real to a 5-point lead over Barca at the top of the table.

Ronaldo didn’t celebrate his goal during Madrid’s 5-1 win over Granada on Saturday either and it seems his love affair with the Spanish giants is slowly dying out.

It’s believed the Madrid fans have targeted Ronaldo because despite his impressive goal-haul, he’s been unable to prevent Barcelona from dominating El Clasicos, league titles and Champions League trophies in recent seasons. Quite extraordinary treatment to dish-out to your best player, if you ask me.

United return?

But could all of this lead to a sensational return to Manchester United? Ronaldo admitted in an interview only 2 months ago that he would be open to a return to Old Trafford, and refused to rule it out, so the possibility is there.

The main question mark would be money. Madrid paid United £80m in 2009 for Ronaldo and after scoring an incredible 87 goals in just 80 league games, it’s hard to see how his value hasn’t increased. Could United really afford to bring him back? It would be difficult, but with doubts over Wayne Rooney’s future perhaps Fergie could suggest a swap deal?!

If Ronaldo does leave Spain and United can’t afford him, it’s safe to say Man Utd fans would just hope he doesn’t end up at their ‘noisy neighbours’. City are one of only a small handful of clubs who could afford to buy Ronaldo, and if he became available, City would no doubt be heading the queue.



  1. Rick

    January 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

    There are no doubts over Rooneys future! All you bloody journalists are the same! Talking rubbish because of your inability to write a decent piece.

    • franz

      January 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

      well said 🙂

  2. Red Devil

    January 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

    So Ronaldo and every other Spanish player will suffer a 30% tax hike.
    Coming to the UK won’t see their tax bills go down either as players who have ‘bent the rules’ here by receiving wages paid as tax free loans are themselves being targetted by the Tax Office.
    Currently the UK tax is around 50% for those footballers who are on top salaries so Ronaldo and co would not benefit very much by coming here.
    But as the article suggests, as much as Sir Alex and all Reds would welcome Senor Ronaldo back to OT, what would be the transfer fee?
    Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it?

    • RooneyToons

      January 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      The point isn’t that Spanish players would get a tax cut by moving to the Premier League, but simply that one of the major attractions of La Liga was that it was much easier for a footballer to earn much more over there. Now Spanish and English clubs are on a more even footing with regards to how much they can offer players, so we might see a few more of the big names choosing England.

  3. Oliver

    January 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    1) Rooney wouldn’t be offered as a swap deal because he wants to stay with United if they bring in big names, nece Ronaldo.

    2) Rooney is on £200,000+ so why would he want to go to Spain and suffer the same tax problems

    3) If Ronaldo can’t make a difference to Barcelona’s dominance, what hope has Rooney got?

    4) To raise funds, Nited would sell several fringe players to raise about £10 – £20 million

    • Jesus

      January 10, 2012 at 2:31 am

      Dude you got some good Points …… My fav one is #3 why would people except Rooney whos a great player and Allbt he stil cant take Ronaldo’s part ……… CR7 Forever …. Messi doesnt diserve all the glory he is surrounded by Stars and Ronaldo only has Kaka , Ozil , Benzema Bt messi on the other hand has 11 stars on his team … #Unfair

      • 7maid_b

        January 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        Because as much as ronaldo played barca you would expect more goals from him.

        Rooney played barca max 3-4 times and scored a goal from an incredible waist-hip assist from giggsy.

  4. Moe

    January 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Rooney isn’t thought of as highly abroad as he is here n I can think of 5 strikers Madrid would bid for before even thinking of Rooney.
    That new Spanish law will save n help English clubs, especially with uefa new rules starting

  5. Lola

    January 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Yay! Love him! Come back

  6. Lola

    January 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Yay! Love him! Come back Ronaldo!

  7. Lola

    January 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Yay! Love him! Come back Ronaldo!

  8. Lola

    January 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Yay! Love him! Come back Ronaldo!

  9. Chongo

    January 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Now this is a return. Not that other piece of propaganda. Has anyone here heard of a chap called Valencia, I just want to have a chat.

  10. Wal

    January 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Seriously? I am sorry but I dnt want him at United. Team is bigger than a player!

    • CARON

      May 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      yes, clubs are nothing with out good players like Cr7. So, the good players are the club and make the club, one cannot do without the other it is common sense.

  11. Adeyemi abiola

    January 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I luv cr7 should return 2 man utd

  12. Raymond macauley

    January 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    well he is welcome back,but the question is, would fagie be willing to pay above £80m

  13. Jesus

    January 10, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Messi stinks he cant do wat Ronaldo has done he is a Cherry Picker ………. so is tht Fellow “Chicharito” A.K.A Javier Hernandez

    • aj

      January 10, 2012 at 4:32 am

      You mean javier hernandez AKA Chicharito

    • Roomy

      January 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

      You My Friend are a dick and havent got a clue about football, 3 Ballon D’Ores in a row for messi pretty good for a cherry picker, give your head a shake Ronaldo couldnt lace his boots

      • Turp

        January 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

        Dude dont argue with Jesus!

  14. Wez

    January 10, 2012 at 2:46 am

    It’s all talk united could never pay the transfer fee and plus Madrid will put a huge bye out clause on him. Plus the press talk rubbish. It’s coz Scholes + Henry ave gone back.

  15. Irwell to Sicily

    January 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Mr Writer, why don’t you tell it like it is, why don’t you tell it like it really is, before you go on home!! The Glazers (& sorry to our American friends) are potless Yank tossers. They haven’t even re-invested the money we got for him since he went so how the f*#* do you expect they’ll raise it now? Ferguson is lying about the transfer issue to shield those bast*#ds. Ain’t goin to happen I’m afraid & what’s more I’d rather look ahead, he wanted to leave us so he’s gone, thanx for the memories but I’d prefer 2 or 3 world class others.

  16. Nick

    January 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Ok you got it all wrong as this could happen seriously. Rooney is going nowhere and as for we have no money rubbish!

  17. matt

    January 12, 2012 at 7:16 am

    maybe buy ronaldo for say… 60 mil, and give madrid valencia and berbatov or something like that

    • Jc

      January 14, 2012 at 3:39 am

      This is real life, not fifa 12
      valencia is one of the top players at united now he’s recovered from his broken leg!

  18. Jc

    January 14, 2012 at 3:37 am

    That boy Ronaldo need’s to come back to Trafford to see the boys in red!

  19. Tomo

    February 20, 2012 at 1:21 am

    United should buy Torres off Chelsea, united have the players that can cross the ball and set up good chances and he would have Rooney alongside him which I think would work out very well. I believe he should forget about his run at Chelsea and start fresh with united. It could be risky but I think it would be better buying Torres for half the price they would buy Ronaldo at and still have money for another quality player.

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