Manchester United fans are keeping their fingers crossed for the return of Cristiano Ronaldo next summer but as it appears, he is going to return to Old Trafford much before than that. Surprised? Well, he is not returning as a United player but he will be playing for his country, as it seems.
According to reports from O Jogo, Ronaldo’s native Portugal is going to face Argentina in an international friendly in the Theatre of Dreams on 18th November, 2014. The followers will surely be overwhelmed to hear the news, not only because of the possibility of seeing the star once again but also due to the prospect of seeing him square off with long-time La Liga nemesis and perennial Ballon d’Or rival Lionel Messi.
As of now, the presence of the two greatest players in that friendly is not guaranteed but it is hardly likely that the new Portugal coach Fernando Santos will not include the Real Madrid player, who is currently the captain of the side, unless he is unfit or injured. On the other hand, Golden ball winner Lionel Messi should also feature in Gerardo Martino’s squad for the match if he is fully fit and available to play.
Ronaldo has hardly been out of the headlines in recent weeks. After a summer of upheaval of Real Madrid that led to the likes of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso exiting the club following the arrivals of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, speculation has been rife that Cristiano will return to Manchester United in near future.
The player himself has been rather quiet on those sensational links and has kept on doing what he does best – scoring goals. This season, in La Liga, he has already scored 12 goals in 5 matches, including two consecutive hat-tricks that took him to the third place in the list of maximum number of La Liga hat-tricks ever. Besides, he also netted twice in as many UEFA Champions league matches this season.
Nevertheless, Manchester United fans are hugely excited about the prospect of seeing one of football’s true greats back where many of them evidently feel he belongs. A group of supporters even paid a hefty sum to fly a banner emblazoned with the words ‘Come Home Ronaldo’ over the Estadio El Madrigal during Real Madrid’s comfortable 2-0 win over Villarreal in La Liga last weekend.