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Why Manchester United Should Let Cristiano Ronaldo Go

cristiano ronaldo1 Why Manchester United Should Let Cristiano Ronaldo GoThe only thing stopping Cristiano Ronaldo from becoming a Real Madrid player is Manchester United themselves.

In his body language and in the words he says, it’s so apparent that Ronaldo wants to join Real Madrid. It’s always been his desire to play in Spain, so if the opportunity comes along he’s going to try to make it happen.

In his way though is Manchester United. It’ll be an interesting few weeks to see what happens between Real Madrid and Man United. Expect that Ronaldo will announce his desire to move from Man United in the next few days. After that happens, all hell will break loose. The media will go into a tailspin reporting about the latest developments of the story. Manchester United will apply their pressure and will contact their lawyers, if they haven’t done so already, regarding possible tapping up by Real Madrid. It’s bound to get ugly.

No matter how much we love our sport, though, we have to realize that at the end of the day these clubs are businesses that are run to make money for its owners or shareholders. In the case of Manchester United, this is probably the best time to sell Ronaldo. The Portugese star is currently the best player in the world. One year from now that could change and his value could diminish if another player takes his crown.

Sure, Ronaldo is a moneymaker for Man United both in terms of merchandise, season tickets and the way he wins games (which earns the club trophies and, more importantly in their case, money from tournaments and associated TV rights). But one man doesn’t make a team and it’s obvious that Ronaldo wants to leave. Keeping him at Man United after he makes his intentions clear that he wants to leave may create such pressure on him that his performances will decline. Plus consider the fans who will become outraged by Ronaldo’s desire to leave the club. Imagine if the player is heckled at friendlies this summer and what sort of impact that’ll have on Ronaldo.

It’s better to get rid of a disgruntled player than to have him sour the rest of the team.

The difficulty for the Glazers will be PR. If Ronaldo signs for Real Madrid, you can expect Man United supporters to create more of a backlash against the owners that Ronaldo himself. It could be a unjust PR nightmare for the American owners. The only win-win for them and Man United is if they convince Ronaldo to stay.

For Manchester United, Ronaldo would be a huge loss for the team but star players leaving the team have happened before and the club has worked around it and achieved greater success. Two perfect examples that come to mind are David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy. Both players were so intrical to the team that when they left a gaping void was clearly visible among the Manchester United team. It took several months before the team was able to adapt to life without those star players, but the club persevered.

With another Premier League trophy under their belt and a Champions League trophy to boot, now is the time for Man United to let go of Ronaldo and take him for every penny that they can get out of Real Madrid. The club can use the money to invest in several future starlets that could go on to be even bigger than Ronaldo as well as snapping up a few key major signings including Dimitar Berbatov.

This promises to be a very interesting next few weeks.

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24 Responses to Why Manchester United Should Let Cristiano Ronaldo Go

  1. UDAYAN BASU says:

    Let us sell Ronaldo at a price of no less than a hundred million pounds Plus Ramos and Robinho and Sneijder to Real Madrid. Their president”s existence now depends on recruiting Ronaldo.I am sure they will agree.
    Else sell him to Inter for at least 80 million pounds.
    Can the Glazers find an USA football club to buy him?
    They do pay fancy prices.
    But let us get rid of this greedy two faced egoistic who thinks he is bigger than the club and has the gall to say that real is bigger than us.

  2. Nick says:

    It’s not just Cristiano Ronaldo that lacks loyalty and commitment (Ian Wright correctly stated as a footballer he has bundles of class, but as a man he is still found wanting). They should just try and get as much $ as possible for him.

    Check out:
    http://footballssoul.wordpress.com/2008/06/18/the-football-league-provides-feeder-clubs-for-the-premiership-is-there-loyalty-in-the-modern-game/

  3. albin says:

    If he wants to leave and play in Spain.Sell him to Barcelona.

  4. The article is well written and I expect a 75m pounds cash deal to be concluded in mid-july.After that Utd will buy Benzema and David Silva.

  5. joejoejoe says:

    Selling C. Ronaldo would make Ronaldinho a good fit at Man U from a marketing perspective. Nike already has a deal with Manchester United and they are desparate to get Ronaldinho into the Premier League for marketing purposes, so desparate that they are considering Manchester City.

  6. Mark Wordsalad says:

    I persoanlly think Ronaldo isn’t worth the disgrace hes bringing to our club. History has shown that footballers decline after amazing years where they play virtually above any level they should have achieved. Even if Ronaldo was to be better next year I wouldn’t want him playing at Man U with the likes of true reds such as Scholes and Giggs who have shown their loyalty over the years. Every time we score I wouldn’t want him to be part of the celebration and every time he scored I wouldn’t want our team to cheer with him. I say take as much money as possible for him and replace him with other great players, we deffinitely need a prolific striker so Dirt Kuyt comes to mind. And to replace him on the wing we could get Kieran Richardson back.

  7. Jolyon Pike says:

    After reading this article with interest and also the comments below one caught my eye. ‘Mark Wordsalad’ delivers a very interesting point. I agree with the fact that we need 2 more world class players but Dirk Kuyt and Keiran Richardson wouldnt be ideal. Firstly Kuyt will be chased by every major club in eurpoe so getting him would be doubtful and also Keiran doesnt fit into our slow style of play and defensive football. If i was Sir Alex i would put in bids to sign solid CB Andy Hinchcliffe and also speedy striker Ramon Vega. If we have money left over i think that Benito Carbone would be an ideal coup. If all else fails bring back George Best.

    Thankyou and goodnight
    xx

  8. Mark Wordsalad says:

    you’ve certainly got an eye for talent their Jolyon, Andy Hinchcliff reminds me of a young and sparky Rivaldo in his days but in a less shining position of CB. His technical ability is there for all to see but he restrains his step over and nut-megs for solid clearances

  9. Wayne C says:

    Trade CR to Barcelona for Messi and Iniesta. Just to f*ck with Madrid.

  10. CFTV says:

    What I find interesting is that because United won the Champions League this year it caused the plan to change for Ronaldo to move to Madrid 2 seasons before he was supposed to. I truely believe that United planned for Ronaldo to be with them until after the World Cup Cup in 10 and after the World Cup was the time that they were going to sell Ronaldo to Madrid. If you think about it Ronaldo has won all there is to win in Manchester with the Champions League, 2 Prem Titles, and an FA Cup on his CV. What does bother me a bit is why did Ronaldo sign a extention last summer and if United really wanted to could make Ronaldo sit for the duration of the contract since I believe they have him under terms until after the 2010-2011 season. Here is hoping they get a ton of money and a player like Ramos and Sneijder from Madrid and they make them pay out the nose for him.

  11. jd says:

    after watching the germany-portugal game last night it became glaringly apparent that a good part of ronaldo’s greatness is due to the 10 other united players he plays with. he is a talented but only as “great” as the team he plays with. Interesting to see what happens to him at Madrid.

  12. Kartik says:

    Ronaldo is milking his celebrity for all its worth right now. Keep in mind Portugal has only qualified for three of the last ten world cups so assuming they’ll qualify is a stretch especially considering their two golden generations of players have won them absolutely nothing. So he needs to cash in now. Champions League champ, PL champ, Euro hype. Two years from now he may simply be a marginal player coming off the bench at a very good United team who is led by World Champ Wayne Rooney or Carlos Tevez. (Tevez needs to fight his way into the Argentine squad though) That may sound crazy but it isn’t as crazy as you think. One missed international tournament and you are yesterdays news. Teams like Potrugal whose football history is spotty could collapse at a moments notice especially in the tough qualifying group they have been handed.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    he is leaving.

  16. Kevin says:

    the age of a team icon ended with Paolo Maldini. Gaffer the time is right for an article about the new Armani underwear model, ex-athlete, Mr. Beckham.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/92/Maldini_champions_league_%28cropped%29.jpg/200px-Maldini_champions_league_%28cropped%29.jpg

  17. Anonymous says:

    I think its really sad how all the top players now adays are only concerened with money. In the case of Ronaldo it is even more silly considering he has, and has gone some way, to becoming one of the best players to have ever played the game. If you are thriving at a club, why leave? It may have been your dream to play in Spain one day, but isn’t the possibility of becoming one of the greatest players ever more enticing to an ego like Ronaldo’s? I know if it was me in that position an extra couple of million wouldn’t stir me into leaving a place I was excelling at. If Ronaldo does leave United then I wish him nothing but bad luck as the lack of loyalty, decency and pure manners to the United staff and fans who have shown him nothing but respect is discraceful. $70m plus Ramos and Sneijder? Sounds good to me!

  18. AntiManu says:

    I notice Ronaldo is not one of the players used to promote the new Man Utd away kit which was lauched this week……

  19. Oliver says:

    Let Ronaldo leave, we dont need him and i think some fans, like myself want him to leave for his lack of respect and his unloyalty to the club. A player i would like to see at Man Utd would have to be Andrei Arshavin i think he would fit perfectly into utd’s style. And then of course Robinho, Sneijder, and Sergeio Ramos doesn’t sound too bad ;) When you think about it i think they should try to get Robben too :P

  20. Anonymous says:

    ronaldo

  21. Jordan says:

    Im a massive UTD fan and in my eyes to me he is no longer a UTD player . no player is bigger than the club, the only way i would eccept that little shit to stay at UTD is if he bucked up his ideas and took a lesson from the great Ryan Giggs and Bobby Charlton there true UTD legends. Ronaldo can never ecpect to be a legend just a passer by whos name will be forgotten as the wind blows by.

    IF HE STAYS BOO HIM AT OT

  22. Fergus Sira-Lexon says:

    re CFTV’s post on Jun 20, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Somebody on this website http://santiago-lowers.blogspot.com/2008/07/news-santiago-pumas-on-eve-of-their.html made a very similar point,only under my name. Was this you,if so,why are you using my name?

  23. yurista says:

    Ronaldo is the best for me…
    i love u CR…

  24. young pato says:

    It will be a good ideas for us to see him again in Manchester united middlefield. also all he’s time when he went to real madride,he doesn’t felling on top.
    It the same like when you goes out side your country and then on that place you just to felling that you losted your ecknowledge because you can’t done things alright but if you are at home where most the time you’re felling better that means you could get back you ecknowledge and your skills experiances. on that 5 years he stayed in spain he doesn’t felling better because all the time he wan the match but he doesn’t get a goldball. that means in spain laliga doesn’t produice a good football. it will better to him to go back on his favorite team.also in spain he started to lost his skills because there was a big different between premier league and la liga because in england ronaldo had a big tallant than in spain and most the time he start to lose his skills.

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