Manchester United have decided that they will not be making a bid for Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, after Los Blancos informed them of what they will need to pay for the Portuguese star.
According to the Daily Express, the La Liga side have slapped an £80m price tag on the 30-year-old, which would see him return to Old Trafford for the same price he left for in 2009.
Although Ronaldo is the current Ballon d’Or holder, and finished last season with an amazing total of 48 goals in the top flight alone, it is understandable that Louis van Gaal has decided to pass on paying such an amount for the club’s former hero.
The forward will be 31 in February, and thus, as difficult as it is to believe, could start to see his ability decline from this point on.
There would be so much expected of Ronaldo, given what he has achieved during his career, that there is almost no way that he can do enough to justify such a price tag.
He would have to repeat the form he has shown in Spain to be considered a success, which will be a very difficult task, firstly given that he has spent six years away from the English game, and would also be playing in a much more competitive division than the Spanish top flight.
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