Manchester United fans still hold very strong feelings towards Cristiano Ronaldo, which often draws mockery from rival supporters.
The fact remains that he is up there with their greatest players of the modern era, the key man in their most recent trophy-laden period and their football has not been attractive or flowing since his departure.
That goes some way to explaining the strength of feeling, as well as the fact that there has always been the lingering possibility that Ronaldo would make a sensational return to Old Trafford at the end of his playing days.
That looks extremely unlikely to be the case now, as Italian champions Juventus – against whom Ronaldo scored a staggering overhead kick in the Champions League quarter-finals last season – have snapped up the Portugal captain.
It is fair to say that despite the fact that the move has nothing to do with United, some of their fans are heavily invested and we’ve collated some of the strongest reaction…
What the hell honestly ! Truly taken aback by this ..never thought he would leave RM until he retires
— Saqib J (@saqibmufc) July 10, 2018
Smh. Why didn’t we go for him
— and (@and_mufc) July 10, 2018
— Roadman Kay. (@jeedey_) July 10, 2018
What is Ed woodward doing ? ?
— shiva (@shivabagga7) July 10, 2018
Sod that. What are @ManUtd playing at… we could go and get the guy! We have endured countless transfer windows of BS but this time it really could of happened. But nah… We got Fellaini instead, the guy who wanted to leave for money reasons. #MUFC
— Paul (@Paul7Law) July 10, 2018
Can't believe he's gone there would of loved him back at United don't care what negativity people give about him been 34 he's still a incredible talent period and United are nobs especially Jose because they would of had the chance no doubt
— Mr. Carney (@carneymufc) July 10, 2018
Man we’ve mucked this up…didn’t even bother to try signing him
— Danny Gnaniah (@oldtraffordbum) July 10, 2018
— Patrick Treanor (@paddyt007) July 10, 2018