Reports of the Juventus forward returning to England have intensified in recent days, but his former team-mate cannot see him joining a rival
Wayne Rooney says former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo will not dare to join Manchester City at this transfer window and let his Manchester United legacy stumble recent reports suggests that such a step is possible if it is not likely.
Rooney, himself a United legend, won three Premier League titles with Ronaldo in the decade before City’s rise to the top of English football. And as someone who knows Ronaldo well, Rooney cannot see the Juventus forward at the rival organization.
However, Ronaldo is unhappy at Juventus and interested in a different landscape, and City are one of the few clubs that can afford to pay his wages.
What was said?
“I think Cristiano has a very good legacy at Manchester United and I know how proud he is as a player and as a person,” Rooney said. talkSPORT.
“I can not see [him joining City], but it’s football, so you never know. There were a few who did, but none at Cristiano’s level. Obviously Peter Schmeichel and Andy Cole, but I just can not really see it as an option for him.
“Economically, of course, he does not have to do it. I think it’s more likely that this is PSG he’s going for. “
Rooney, now the head coach of Derby County, also stressed that under no circumstances would he move to City himself.
“I think you need to do what’s right for you as a person, for your family,” he said. ‘Everyone knows I could never play for Liverpool or Manchester City. It is clear, but everyone is different.
‘I think people move to clubs where they do not really want to, but from a financial point of view it’s possibly the only option they have, so I can get it from some people’s point of view.
“But in terms of myself, it just would not be an option.”
The bigger picture
It has been more than a decade since Ronaldo last wore the iconic red from United, but many of their fans still encouraged him from afar, first at Real Madrid and then Juventus.
They watch him grow up at Old Trafford – a process that apparently ensured he would always be their golden boy. But now their emotions will be distorted by possibly joining him to a top enemy.
Ronaldo going to City would also mean a second seismic move in the football world in less than a month after Lionel Messi left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain. A third dramatic transaction could then take place as Kylian Mbappe forces a move to Real Madrid.