Since the summer there have been rumors about Cristiano Ronaldo‘s possible return to Sporting CP.
The Portuguese star began his career at the Lisbon outfit, before then making the jump to the Premier League with Manchester United.
Now 20 years later, the situation has changed.
Ronaldo is no longer a key figure at United, and in Portugal, they’re dreaming of a return home.
Although the emotional link exists, his signing is a complicated one from an economic standpoint according to coach Ruben Amorim.
Is his return viable?
At a press conference, Amorim was asked about a possible return home for Cristiano.
“Everyone at Sporting dreams of his return, but we don’t have the money to pay his salary,” said Amorim.
The only way for Cristiano to return to his former club is if he takes a sizeable pay cut.
At 37, the Portuguese ace knows that it’s difficult for another European team to pay him what he currently makes at United.
This isn’t the first time that wages have been mentioned as a problem when it comes to signing Cristiano.
Clubs like Napoli, Flamengo and Chelsea have all seen their interest wane after crunching the numbers.
Other teams like Bayern Munich let it be known that while they have the means to sign him, he isn’t a match in terms of their philosophy.
They can see each other’s faces
The Europa League draw will take place on Monday, and Sporting CP and Manchester United could square off.
The Portuguese side finished third in their Champions League group, while the English side finished second in the group stage of Europe’s second-tier competition.
It wouldn’t be the first time Cristiano has faced his former team. The first time he did so was in 2007, a match played at the Jose Avalade in Lisbon.
United won 1-0 thanks to a goal by Ronaldo. On that occasion he did not celebrate and the Portuguese fans applauded him for it.