Manchester United have received a boost to their hopes of beating Paris Saint German and re-signing the Madrid superstar in a world record deal from ex-Madrid president Ramon Calderon who talked up Ronaldo’s love for his former club.
Ronaldo, 32, has made an ‘irreversible’ decision to leave Madrid after being accused of tax fraud worth £13m and has urged his agent Jorge Mendes to secure him a stunning return to Old Trafford.
Calderon said: “He is very strong-minded and when he decides something he goes through with it. The point now is whether he really has decided to leave.
“He likes Manchester United – that is something we all know. One year before he was going to come, he told me that he was really grateful to Manchester United, the fans, the people there, his teammates – everything in the city.”
Real boss Zinedine Zidane has called Ronaldo pleading with him to stay following last week’s revelations that his star man wants out.
And Calderon warned the Portugal captain will be irreplaceable and should not be sold for any price.
He said: “It would be a big mistake if (president) Florentino Pérez doesn’t try to keep him with us.
“He has broken all the records at the club, he has got three Champions Leagues in four years and La Liga this year. He has been a very important player.
“It took me a long time and a big effort to sign him when Man United didn’t want to let him go. We have to keep him.
“I think he will stay. I hope so. It would be very bad business to sell him.
“It doesn’t matter what we can get for him. There is no replacement for him. I don’t see anybody in world football who can substitute for him.
“I hope and wish he can stay with us until he retires.”
La Liga chief Javier Tebas also fears the impact of losing four-times Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo will have on the Spanish League.
He said: “It’s not possible to quantify, but would be very important.
“Even more so with the international growth of the league. It would be a great loss, an irreparable loss.”
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