Ferdinand looked to bring the Portuguese superstar back last summer.
One of the most highly anticipated transfer stories of last summer was the prospect of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United.
It was thought that the world record arrival of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur would affect Ronaldo’s status as star man at the Santiago Bernabeu and that the 28-year-old would be drawn by a return to Old Trafford.
United stalwart Rio Ferdinand – who played with the Portugal captain at the Red Devils for six years – has admitted that the defender even tried to convince the forward to come back.
“What do you think?” the Englishman was quoted by the Mirror when asked if the 35-year-old had contacted Ronaldo.
“He was one of the most dialled people on my phone at the time!
“But I think the opportunity has gone now. If we could have done it, I think it would have been last summer. He’s signed a new deal at Real now.
“But if he was going to leave Real Madrid, I think Manchester United would have been the place he would have come to. That’s my personal view, but no-one will ever know now.”
Ronaldo ended all talk when signing a new deal with Los Blancos, making the Portuguese ace the most highly paid player on the planet.
Since making a then world record £80m move to the Spanish capital in 2009, the attacker has been in some of the most startling form ever seen in the game.
To date Ronaldo has scored an astonishing 230 goals in 221 matches for Los Merengues, helping them to win La Liga and the Copa Del Rey.
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