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Added September 29th, 2014 by Ian

Man United fans fly banner over Real Madrid game to persuade Ronaldo to return

Manchester United has been struggling again this season after finishing seventh last year for their worst ever finish in the English Premier League table. The club has spent millions of pounds during the summer on acquiring players such as Angel di Maria, Daley Blind, and Luke Shaw as well as Radamel Falcao on loan, but it appears the one player United fans want to see at Old Trafford is Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 29-year-old Ronaldo made a name for himself several years ago when he starred for United for six seasons, but was then sold to Real Madrid of the Spanish La Liga five years ago. Since moving to Spain, the Portuguese forward has been scoring at about a goal-per-game pace. Some newspapers recently reported that Ronaldo was thinking about rejoining United before retiring and a group of fans tried to persuade him to head back to England as soon as possible by flying a banner over the stadium during Real Madrid’s game on September 27.

A supporters group created the banner which said ‘Come home, Ronaldo’ on it and hired a plane to fly it above the Stadium El Madrigal in Villarreal when the club hosted Real. However, it doesn’t look like the banner is going to change Ronaldo’s mind anytime soon as he told the media that he’s happy in Madrid and the talk about him returning to United is just speculation. The supporters group called United Reel paid 3,000 pounds ($4,873) to hire a plane to fly the banner.

The group said United fans from all over the world sent in donations to help pay for the message, which was flown over the ground during the first half of Real’s match. Last season, a group of United supporters flew another banner over a game which said, ‘Wrong One-Moyes Out’, which was in reference to then-manager David Moyes who took over when Alex Ferguson stepped down as the club’s manager.

United Reel released an official Twitter statement which said, “we are all united by our love for Cristiano both as a player and as a person. We stand united in our views and will not stop until we Bring Ronaldo Home.!”

It’s believed that Real may sell Ronaldo, but it would cost approximately 120 million pounds to buy him. United sold him back in 2009 for 80 million pounds, which was a world record transfer fee at the time.

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