LONDON: Cristiano Ronaldo would always be welcomed back to play for Manchester United but manager Alex Ferguson doubts he will return because the Real Madrid man is now “unbuyable”.

The Portuguese forward, 27, joined United for 12 million pounds ($19 million) from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and left for Real Madrid for a world record fee of 80 million in July 2009.

Coincidentally, he will be playing again in Manchester on Wednesday - but for Real at Manchester City in the Champions League.

“I'd like to think the door would always be open for him to come back, but I don't think it will happen,” Ferguson told British Sunday newspapers.

“You're talking about incredible amounts of money now. What would you think his value would be?

“He's definitely unbuyable. 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 won three Premier League titles at United as well as the Champions League in 2008 and has since gone on to contend for the title of the world's best player with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi since moving to Spain three years ago.

“He was definitely good value for Real Madrid, but he always wanted to play for them. It was his boyhood dream. I am not saying he will stay there forever, you never know,” Ferguson added.

“How do you know we've not got a buy-back clause for him?”

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Comments (4)

November 23, 2012 1:00 pm
He plays good football, but he's a traitor in the end. Manchester United don't need him. They play awesome football without him too.
November 24, 2012 2:26 am
it is not just scoring goals but how to play thats why he will never be what messi can be or others can
November 18, 2012 7:57 pm
Ahh much mystery mr ferguson has left with his last comment!
Muhammad Asif
November 19, 2012 5:34 am
The question is: Do they really need him? Can United win the permier league without him. They have won it last year and almost this year as well (decided in the last minutes of the last encounter of City where City managed a draw after giong down). So, economically, there is hardly any benefit for United to have a buy back deal for Ronaldo. In addition, Ronaldo is better off with Real for the sake of his fans, and for Messi to excel playing with Barca. They both are to football in la liga as for Rafa and Roger for tennis.
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