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By Reuters | Nov 19, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 11 ]

LONDON - Cristiano Ronaldo would always be welcomed back to play for Manchester United but manager Alex Ferguson doubts he will return because the Real Madrid man is now "unbuyable"

The 27-year-old Portuguese forward joined United for £12-million from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 (about R169-million today) and left for Real Madrid for a world record fee of £80-million (about R1.125-billion) in July 2009.

Coincidentally, he will be playing again in Manchester on Wednesday - but for Real at Manchester City in the Champions League.

"I'd like to think the door would always be open for him to come back, but I don't think it will happen," Ferguson told British Sunday newspapers.

"You're talking about incredible amounts of money now. What would you think his value would be? He's definitely unbuyable. Who could afford to buy him?

"There's talk of the Russians, perhaps. But do you think he would go to Russia? He complained about the weather here, let alone the middle of winter in Russia."

Ronaldo won three Premier League titles at United as well as the Champions League in 2008 and has gone on to contend for the title of the world's best player with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi since moving to Spain three years ago.

"He was definitely good value for Real Madrid, but he always wanted to play for them. It was his boyhood dream. I am not saying he will stay there forever, you never know," Ferguson added.

"How do you know we've not got a buy-back clause for him?" asked Ferguson, whose side lost 1-0 at Norwich City in a Premier League match on Saturday. - Reuters

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Man utd won't afford this guy anymore

Nov 19, 2012 8:35 | 0 replies

Moffdat
Maybe we might consider buying him at SUNDOWNS!!!!!
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How much are you going to buy him & how much are you going to pay him per week? This guy's salary can make Motsepe broke within a year.

Nov 19, 2012 3:6 | 0 replies

I smell a rat here, Alex wants him back and he is going to have him, watch the space.

Nov 19, 2012 1:25 | 0 replies

Chelsea can afford him, they are rich but do not brag about it like other teams..........Man U can not even afford his weekly salary, let alone a monthly one. In terms of his contract, he was supposed to continue being the highest paid player in the world. After he discovered that Samuel Eto' was earning $20 per annum, he raised it with management and he was sorted: again officially the highest paid.......so Man U with their $800 million debt cant afford him, only Van Persie "aka Van Cheap"..................

Nov 19, 2012 11:23 | 0 replies

Power Lines FC can afford this useless player !!

Nov 19, 2012 11:0 | 0 replies

Madrid paid R1.125 Billion for Ronaldo......

Nov 19, 2012 10:44 | 0 replies

Maybe we might consider buying him at SUNDOWNS!!!!!

Nov 19, 2012 10:17 | 0 replies

indeed Ronaldo and Messi are unbuyable

Nov 19, 2012 10:7 | 0 replies

How do you know?

Nov 19, 2012 9:6 | 0 replies

NoOne can afford this boy, Only clubs owned by those Middle East Billionairs.....

maybe Man City can, but they dont want premadonas there, Another Mario Bolatelli is a NO NO

Nov 19, 2012 8:50 | 0 replies

Niceboobs
How much are you going to buy him & how much are you going to pay him per week? This guy's salary can make Motsepe broke within a year.
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lol, aai poor motsepe

Nov 20, 2012 9:1 | 0 replies