Following reports that Atletico Madrid had been connected to Manchester United’s famous striker Cristiano Ronaldo, the club’s fans have made their emotions about the matter clearly plain.
On Tuesday, after visiting Manchester for the first time since the conclusion of the previous season, the great Legendary underlined his intention to depart Old Trafford.
The club’s leadership and new manager Erik Ten Hag are keen to encourage the 37-year-old to stay, but it appears that his goals lay with a transfer to a team that is actively vying for championships.
The most prolific scorer in the game has been strongly linked to a number of Europe’s top teams, but claims that Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and PSG were interested have all been immediately denied by each team.
But more lately, there have been whispers of a rather unexpected return to the Spanish capital, one that won’t include a sweet reunion with old team Real Madrid.
However, President Enrique Cerezo promptly dispelled rumors, stating, “I don’t know who manufactured this news about Cristiano Ronaldo to Atletico Madrid – it’s certainly not true.” Instead, Atletico Madrid is the most recent team to be associated with Ronaldo.
Additionally, it appears that certain Atleti supporters are adamantly opposed to a transfer for their old rival when a banner bearing the words “CR7 NOT WELCOME” was shown during their friendly match against Numancia.
Union Internacional de Penas Atletico de Madrid “represents the antithesis of the virtues that are the cornerstones of our Atleti, such as work, charity, simplicity and humility,” according to Atletico de Madrid, the club’s worldwide fan organization.
During his time in Spain, Ronaldo was known to enjoy competing against his old neighbors. During his career, he scored 25 goals in 35 games, recorded four hat tricks, and, of course, led Real Madrid to two Champions League final victories.
As their preseason comes to an end, United’s next match is against Atletico in Norway. Before kickoff on Saturday.