Cristiano Ronaldo was on the verge of a sensational Old Trafford return this summer only to be denied at the last-minute when Kylian Mbappe, 18, rejected a move to the Bernabeu, according to the Sunday Times.
Ronaldo’s shadow looms large over the Spanish capital and the French international’s advisors felt it was a bad career move to try and fill the boots of a player of such stature. Ronaldo, Real Madrid’s record goalscorer with 407 goals and counting, holds twelve scoring records for the club, as well as winning every honour in the game.
Surprisingly, Ronaldo was able to convince Real President Florentino Perez that his desire to leave the Bernabeu was genuine. It seems the Spanish tax authority’s investigation into his affairs unsettled the Portuguese superstar to the point where he was prepared to return to Manchester United.
Perez pulled the plug on the move when Mbappe joined Paris St Germain in a £165m move which has caught UEFA’s eye. The loan deal, followed by a permanent move next summer, is being investigated to ensure compliance with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Real offered Gareth Bale instead but the 29-year-old Welsh international refused to move, preferring one more season at the Bernabeu before returning to English football.