Cristiano Ronaldo release clause, Man Utd hope and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admission
Manchester United finally have some hopes of bringing back Cristiano Ronaldo after his astronomical release clause at Real Madrid symbolised that he was off limits
There have been plenty of occasions over the years that Manchester United would have loved to have Cristiano Ronaldo amongst their ranks.
For many years, that simply was not possible with an eye-watering one billion euro release clause worked into his contract at Real Madrid.
At the time, Ronaldo was at the peak of his powers. The face of Los Blancos, he led the club to La Decima and seemed set to stay for life.
The astronomical clause, which president Florentino Perez reportedly insisted was “not there to be paid”, was designed to fend off any potential suitors and protect his value.
When Ronaldo did decide to leave Real Madrid in 2018, they landed a huge €100million fee from Juventus.
Things have not worked out well for the Turin-based club, however, with Ronaldo ultimately unable to deliver the Champions League success they crave.
After also missing out on the Serie A title last season, there is talk of Ronaldo being on the move again with the prospect of one final big move in the latter stages of his career.
And there are hopes of a fairytale return to Manchester United with the Red Devils reported to be open to exploring a move for the right price.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously named Ronaldo as the former team-mate he would most like in his side.
“There are a few players I’ve played with that I’d love to have in my team, of course,” Solskjaer admitted during a Q&A on United’s website earlier this year.
“I’d love the player Roy Keane, I’m not sure if I could manage him though!”
“I’d sign him every day of the week, Roy was so influential but then again, I played with Cristiano and he’s been the best player in the world alongside [Lionel] Messi for the past 10 to 15 years now, so Cristiano.
“You’d take him in your team, for sure.”
It has been claimed Solskjaer has remained in contact with Ronaldo, whilst there have also been rumours that agent Jorge Mendes has identified United as a possible option for his client.
And Ronaldo, speaking ahead of Euro 2020, issued a transfer message as he assured fans he has no qualms still playing at the very highest level.
He said: “I have been playing at the highest level for 18 years. It doesn’t really bother me.
"If I was 18 or 19, I don’t think I would sleep thinking about the future.
Now, I’m 36. If I’m staying? It doesn’t matter now. What happens will be for the best.
“Now I’m focused on the European Championship, I want to win and I want to have positive thoughts from the first to the last game.”
No longer with a one billion euro release clause, and with a shortage of potential destinations, Manchester United have more hope than ever that they could one day see Ronaldo at Old Trafford again.