Should Cristiano Ronaldo Return to Manchester?

The future of Cristiano Ronaldo is once again uncertain, and with the years winding down on his career, the rumours grow ever stronger that a return to Manchester or Madrid may be on the cards.

This week that’s increased significantly, with Carlo Ancelotti rumoured to be keen on bringing the Portuguese legend back to the Bernabeu, while his agent Jorge Mendes has also offered the player to Manchester City, a side of Manchester no Red Devil would want to see him go. But should he return to Old Trafford?

A Return to Manchester?

News outlets are suggesting that there is a slim chance he could return to Old Trafford this summer, and he’d certainly lift the place, in a similar way to the way Edinson Cavani has, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had prior. With Ronaldo, it is of course different though.

Returning to the club he left over a decade ago would be the perfect final chapter of an extraordinary career. He learned his craft at the Premier League club, not only becoming one of the world’s great players, but also maturing as an adult.

Under Ferguson and United’s senior players, he learned what it was like to be a top pro, to live away from home. In fact, he even adopted British culture, taking part in many off-the-field activities, like bingo tournaments for an example.

Now, we’re not necessarily saying Ronaldo will bring bingo back to Old Trafford, but he would bring back the wealth of experience and strict training regimes that would really set an example to United’s flourishing young players. Which could prove invaluable.

Disrupting The Balance

Of course, there’s also the risk of upsetting the applecart. Ronaldo will require big wages, which at the age of 36 could cause problems among the younger star players, although the respect many will have for him returning could balance that out.

There’s then the balance of the squad. Mason Greenwood played in that central position in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s opening game against Leeds United to great effect, while what would it mean for Edinson Cavani?

Cavani was persuaded to remain at the club for an additional year, and it would be a bitter blow if he’s kept on the bench for another ageing superstar.

The Right Or Wrong Move?

The romance in any Manchester United or neutral fan is that a return to the red side of Manchester is a no-brainer. It’s the perfect end to an incredible career. But questions would certainly be asked if he did join. United are rebuilding. In the likes of Marcus Rashford, Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, and even Bruno Fernandes they have a young, hungry attacking line. Shouldn’t they be given the opportunity to prove their worth and build partnerships and relationships.

There’s perhaps no right or wrong answer to this one. Ronaldo would still be a worthwhile asset at Old Trafford. It would arguably be a move from the heart, and at this point in Ole’s rebuild, should he be spending money with his head?

5 of the best foreign signings the EPL has ever seen

Over the years the Premier League has been fortunate enough to be graced by a plethora of talent. British stars like all-time leading goal scorer Alan Shearer, midfield maestros like Paul Scholes, the list is endless.

However, England’s top division wouldn’t be the mammoth attraction it is today without the influence of some truly special imports.

With yet more highly-rated foreign talent headed to the EPL this summer transfer, football tips and predictions on how they will fare are mixed but whatever happens, expect some to make a big impact for their respective clubs.

With the transfer window slamming shut and the new campaign upon us we’ve been inspired to take a look at 5 foreign stars that have lit up England’s Premier League.

Patrick Vieira

Strong, mobile, exceptional on the ball and a real competitor; regardless of what club you support it would be hard not to admire the exploits of Patrick Viera during his time in England with Arsenal.

He was an integral part of the legendary Arsenal ‘invincibles’ side and he was a true leader on and off the pitch. He finished his stint at Arsenal with 31 goals and 34 assists in 3017 appearances, but his legacy will live on for many years to come.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Alongside Lionel Messi, Cristiano has consistently been one of the best players in the world for the best part of a decade and his talents first really started coming to the fore under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United after he was snapped up from Sporting Lisbon.

Quick, dazzling fee and the epitome of the modern, athletic footballer, Ronaldo was truly a one off and the Premier League was lucky to be graced with his presence before he made a mega-money move to Spanish giants Madrid.

CR7 departed Manchester having netted 84 times in 196 games, winning 3 Premier League titles along the way.

Didier Drogba

As far as all-rounded forwards go, you’d find it hard to come up with a list of names that could even rival Ivorian Didier Drogba.

During his peak at Chelsea the big man was at times unplayable, scoring 104 goals in over 250 appearances and bullying many EPL defenders for years.

His defining moment came when he scored the equaliser and subsequent final penalty in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in Munich but he will forever be remembered as one of the EPL’s greatest ever strikers.

Peter Schmeichel

Every successful team needs a truly outstanding keeper and in Schmeichel United and Fergie got that and then some.

He was an integral part of the Man United team that dominated around the 90s and he has been credited with revolutionising goalkeeping in this country.

Agile, decisive and a great defensive organiser- Schmeichel was some buy.

Nemanja Vidic

Given the amount of superb foreign defenders to grace the EPL over the years, choosing the best foreign stopper was always going to be a tricky task but we’ve punted for the brutal Serb Vidic.

His partnership with Rio Ferdinand is regarded as one of the best the top- flight has every seen and Vidic was every strikers nightmare. He was uncompromising, read the game brilliantly and led by example, particularly when the chips were down.

Infographic – Best 11 at the World Cup

So we’re a few games into the World Cup now and as expected, it’s been really hard to predict the outcomes, as it usually is, going massively against the expected predictions. We’ve seen Argentina really struggle against a resolute Iceland, Germany bested by a rampant Mexico and as expected and England struggle to come through a game they should have breezed through.

Big tournaments throw up some surprises but even before this World Cup there were a few when it came to the players going into the tournament. Most fans and pundits would have selected a team they thought would have done well but what they probably didn’t know is the exact form of the players coming in to the tournament. has a unique system for rating players and based upon these, the best 11 at the World Cup looks completely different to what would be expected.

If you’re as intrigued as we were, see our infographic below and try not to be too shocked at some of the players. Spain to win world cup odds are 9/2 which comes as no surprise as they continue to play some of the most attractive football in the tournament and have all but secured there progression to the knock out stages.

The Best 11 at the World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo…the ultimate man?

He’s one of the most famous footballers on the planet and quite possibly the best. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has had a career consisting almost entirely of success, it’s no wonder many consider him the ultimate footballer.

During the 2013/14 season he won a total of 16 awards for his performances on the pitch:

– BBC Overseas Sports Personality award

– Alfredo Di Stéfano award

– Best Player, Best Forward and Best Individual Goal awards for La Liga

– UEFA Best Player in Europe

– European Golden Boot (Shared with Luis Suárez)

– Fifa FIFpro World XI Award 2013

– Globe Soccer Award for Best Player of the Year

And that’s not even all of them! Yes, he probably is the ultimate football player. But is he what we’d consider the ultimate man?

Supercasino have been looking into the characteristics people think make up the perfect man, and as we enter 2015, what better time to reflect on these results!

  • 59% of men believe you should be well groomed in the workplace.
  • 78% of men take pride in their DIY Skills
  • 80% of men feel pressure to keep up appearances and stay in shape
  • 75% of fathers say being a dad is their most important job
  • 73% of dads said, “a real man knows how to express emotional support to his
  • 72% of men in the UK believe that the ultimate ‘man drink’ is whiskey

They then asked them about what moments they believe transformed them from boy-to-man and it seems the transformation from boy to the ultimate man can be signalled by All the answers have been compiled into an infographic that you can take a look at here:

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