Former teammate tips Ronaldo to rejoin Sporting in the future

Cristiano Ronaldo made a sensational return to Manchester United back in September.

One of his former Real Madrid teammates Antonio Adan has ripped Ronaldo to make another stunning comeback before the end of his career.

Adan told Portuguese outlet Record that he expects Ronaldo to go back to his first club Sporting before the end of his career.

Ronaldo joined United from Sporting back in August 2003 for a fee of £12.24 million.

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“He is a goal-scoring machine, with a passion for football,” said Adan of Ronaldo.

“It would be fantastic if he could return to Sporting. He is a son of the club and I am sure he is thinking of doing so.

“The time will come when he will wear Sporting’s shirt again.”

Ronaldo’s contract with United will run out in the summer of 2023, by which time he will be 38.

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Given Ronaldo’s supreme fitness and outstanding injury record, it seems likely he will still be a threat at that age.

Any move to Sporting would require a stark wage reduction, so it would be up to Ronaldo to weight up whether that is worthwhile for the sentimentality.

It would be a neat way to bookend his career and he would get a hero’s welcome at the club where he started out.

Before it reaches that stage, Ronaldo needs to help United out of their current situation.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.