Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, has revealed that while talks with Manchester City were ongoing the Portuguese superstar told her he would return to Manchester United. In the final week of the summer transfer window, Ronaldo joined Manchester United from Juventus in a €15 million deal. The Portuguese star completed a football transfer to the Red Devils and left the Bianconeri after a three years stint and scoring 101 goals in 134 appearances for the Turin club.
Manchester City had held talks with the former Real Madrid player, but he eventually returned to Old Trafford. Ronaldo has agreed to terms with the Red Devils on a two-year contract extension with an option for a third season. Dolores Aveiro, the striker’s mother, has revealed what happened during those hectic days.
Aveiro told ADN De Leao, as quoted by Tuttosport, “Mum, don’t worry about what they say, because I’m going to Manchester United,” said Ronaldo. “I told him that I liked it very much and he did it. Seeing the stadium full, with 75,000 people, singing his name was a great emotion,” she continued.
His mother hopes he will finish the season at his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon, a team that everyone in Ronaldo’s family supports. “Cristiano has to come back here, he would do it for me. He likes to watch Sporting games. I have already told him: ‘Son before I die, I want to see you return to Sporting’. Attention, he’s warned me that he will play until 40 years at least, so there is still time.”
Dolores Aveiro also recalled a meeting between Ronaldo and Leo Messi during the 2017 Ballon d’Or award. “I was with Cristianinho [Ronaldo’s first son] and I told him: ‘Look, there’s Messi down there.’ My grandchild replied by saying: ‘It’s not him, he is very small!’ Then my son [Cristiano Ronaldo] encouraged him to say hello. Messi is a very nice person, but my grandchild is already taller than him, it was a funny moment.”
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