If Ronaldo is ever to return to Man United, now is the time

As reported by The Daily Mail, former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid is in doubt with the Spanish club refusing to bow to his contract demands this summer.

What’s the story?

Fresh off the back of winning his fifth career UEFA Champions League, Ronaldo is currently preparing for the World Cup in Russia, where his Portugal side will have ambitions of winning the tournament.

However, his club situation is apparently in precarious shape.

The Daily Mail report that he will not be handed a new contract this summer, despite the player’s belief that this is something that had previously been promised to him.

The player was hoping to achieve pay parity with the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar, who have both overtaken him to become the most well paid footballers in the world, say the paper.

Is now the time for Manchester United to make an ambitious move to bring him back to Old Trafford?

Should United bring him back?

At 33 years of age, Ronaldo likely has a few years left playing at the top level, but not many more past that, so if United are going to make their move for him at some point this should be the summer to do it.

That’s especially true given his current contract woes.

United are looking for that cutting edge under Jose Mourinho and although bringing him back to Manchester United would cost a lot of money, he is currently rated at £90m after all, the Red Devils undoubtedly have both the resources and the need for him.

His 44 goals last season demonstrate he is still a difference maker at the elite level despite his ageing years and even if they only get two or three seasons out of him, signing him could usher in the new era of success that United fans crave so much.