Cristiano Ronaldo has been backed to return to Manchester United with Juventus possibly primed to sell the Portugal international this summer. The 35-year-old spent six years at Old Trafford earlier in his career, winning three Premier League titles in the process. And, amid talk Ronaldo may be set to go back to his old club, we now take a look at everything he’s said in the past.
Three years ago, when asked about the prospect of returning to United, Ronaldo again couldn’t rule it out.
“Nothing is impossible,” he said.
In another interview, published around the same time, Ronaldo also praised United fans for not booing him – unlike Real Madrid’s supporters.
“I don’t like it and it’s not normal that they whistle you in your own stadium. I just don’t like it,” he said.
“It’s not correct. And when you are on a difficult run that is when you need extra support from outside not less. Sometimes we don’t have it.
“I spent a lot of years at Manchester United and it never happened to me. Not even once. Maybe England is a case apart – the mentality is different.”
In 2014, Ronaldo admitted he couldn’t ruled out a move back to United.
The Portugal international was playing for Real Madrid at the time and said: “Some players I am still in contact with because when I was there I created a good relationship with everybody, not just the players, all the staff around.
“And it was like my second family there too, so I’ll not forget that the people treat me well. I’ll not forget.
“I love Manchester, to be back, I never know, you never know.
“Of course I’m happy at Real Madrid, it’s my home, it’s my club but Manchester treat me unbelievable so we never know.”
When it nearly happened
Sir Alex Ferguson left United in 2013 – but the club thought they were going to sign Ronaldo to soften the blow.
He’d reportedly told the Scot that he was willing to go back and spearhead any exciting new era.
But Ronaldo ended up rethinking things and signing a new contract with Real Madrid instead.
Any return to Old Trafford for the Juventus star still appears unlikely.
But, for many fans, it still remains the dream to see the 35-year-old back at the club.