To go or not to go?
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As a die hard Manchester United fan I am writing to voice the frustration millions of Red Devils are experiencing all around the world.
Why would Cristiano Ronaldo, our star player, want to leave officially the best team in Europe? Surrounded by players like Rooney, Tevez, Giggs, his fellow countryman Nani, and the up and coming Brazilian he shares a close bond with in Anderson it is hard to understand why he would ever want to make his move to what appears to be a lesser league in Spain.
Five years ago La Liga was the best league in the world when Real Madrid were a star studded team. In the present day Los Galacticos have been on the decline. The Figo’s and Zidane’s of the Spanish capital have gone and Real do not look like challenging for European supremacy any time soon. So why is it that Ronaldo is so desperate to leave?
Real Madrid always appear to have been a thorn in the side of Manchester. No matter how great the Old Trafford outfit become players always seem to see Madrid as that one last step to greatness. Time and time again United’s top players have set sail for Madrid. We have seen it with Van Nistlerooy, Beckham and even members of the coaching staff in recent years. What appears to be a cert is that young European players look at Santiago Bernabeau as the goal to which they dream, and when it is in the mindset of a player from such a young age this is always going to be hard to change.
One argument is that Manchester United only have themselves to blame. With a golden generation just passed the Red Devils should most certainly have more European Cups in the cabinet then they can currently lay claim to. For all their domestic dominance since the beginning of the Premiership, United were perennial under-achievers in Europe and therefore rising European talent has always looked towards Spain and Italy as the bar to which to dream. This is something Sir Alex Ferguson appears determined to change with his current crop before calling it a day. However, to do this he needs to keep his talented group together.
So should United just accept the huge sums of money Madrid are rumoured to be offering and make the most of it?
After all one man doesn’t make a team and it has been argued that Ronaldo only produces his best form in the Premier League against lower club opposition. What is for sure is that when Van Nistlerooy left people questioned where we would get goals from, and when Beckham left people wondered how we would replace his creativity; but Ferguson has always been intelligent enough to make the right decisions and this time will be no different.
Should United let Ronaldo go and how much do you think he is worth?
If Sir Alex does decide to sell who will he replace him with?
Why do you think United always appear to be under the shadow cast from Los Galacticos in Madrid?