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Evra: Come back, Ronaldo

2012-12-22 12:14

London - Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has told Cristiano Ronaldo to come home to Old Trafford if he doesn't feel loved at Real Madrid.

Ronaldo quit United in 2009 to achieve his boyhood dream of playing for Real, but the Portugal forward has never been treated with the same respect in Spain that he enjoyed in the Premier League.

While United fans worshipped Ronaldo, in Madrid he has complained of feeling "sad" at the lack of appreciation for his devastating displays, which helped Real end Barcelona's reign as Spanish champions last season.

Ronaldo, who has scored 170 times in 169 appearances for the Spanish giants, is also believed to be unhappy that Real's hierarchy haven't given him improved contracts in the same way Barcelona have rewarded their superstar Lionel Messi.

And, with Ronaldo due to return to United for the first time when the clubs clash in the last 16 of the Champions League later this season, French left-back Evra believes his old team-mate should consider rejoining Alex Ferguson's team.

"I have been in touch with him many times," Evra told MUTV. "He still loves Manchester United and misses Manchester United.

"He has done some incredible things for Real Madrid, he broke all the records, but they didn't show him the respect he deserves.

"When Ronny was here, he got the love from all the players, the manager and the fans. He is a winner. But he likes people to like him. He misses Manchester United because it was his house.

"I always say I hope he will come back because this is his home. If he wants to win the Golden Ball (Ballon d'Or) he has to come back to Manchester United."

Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or in 2008, when he contributed an incredible 42 goals to United's Champions League and Premier League double season, but Messi has dominated the individual prizes since then.

However, Evra is adamant Ronaldo is the better player because, unlike Messi, he thrives in a Madrid team that offers less support from the other attacking positions.

"Ronny is an incredible player, the best in the world," Evra said. "He is better than Messi.

"It is not because he is my friend or that I played with him but he has everything.

"Messi is unbelievable but Ronaldo does it on his own. In Madrid he has to score the goals and create them. At Barcelona, Messi has Xavi and Iniesta."

Yet Evra is not worried about facing his former team-mate in the Champions League after years of pitting his wits against the Portuguese star on the training ground.

"I hope he plays on my side. He knows from training what a tough defender I am. I know how to catch him," Evra said.

"I know he can make the difference at any time but the emotion means it will be really difficult for him."

AFP

Comments
  • Sige Gorabeb - 2012-12-22 12:24

    said by a gentleman to a gentleman, soccerwise!

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-22 12:27

    Oh Patrice - the dream of just about every Utd fan, myself included. But would you be prepared to take a cut in salary so that Sir Alex can afford to pay him?

  • Derek Chapman - 2012-12-22 13:18

    Shame, must be hard playing in the shadow of Messi

      Trevor - 2012-12-22 15:58

      Surely not a man united supporter

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-12-22 14:04

    Shame, it must be so hard for Ronaldo being Ronaldo, sob (as in 'boo-hoo', not 'son of a')! Maybe he and Kevi can form their own little mutual fan club, to console each other. Oh that my boss would love and appreciate me so much, for my 12 hour a day six day week salary which wouldn't buy even one tyre for any of these spoilt little brat's wheels. 'Scuse me, whilst I go and have a good cry for 'lil Ron, now...

  • snkomo - 2012-12-22 14:40

    What a sissy nxhhh

  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-22 16:13

    Well said, no point being the best in spain if you dont get rewarded for it.

      morne.linden - 2012-12-22 17:43

      Problem is he is not the best in spain

  • namedi.mphahlele.71 - 2012-12-22 18:15

    Like it or not, there is no one like MESSI!

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2012-12-26 06:56

    Ronaldo is no a one man league like messi go to italy or france don't come back u ill degrade ur self.

  • nhlapop - 2012-12-28 02:38

    He has to come home. Indeed Evra. He's unhappy at Santiago Bernabeu.

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2012-12-28 08:49

    He ill damp u out uf champs then go to milan or PSG.

  • wandile.ncobela.9 - 2013-01-08 13:35

    in as much i admire Ronaldo, but i think it is unfair to compete him with Messi, i heard people saying CR7 is much better then Messi, my question is if he is better than Messi why he is not voted as the world best, How many records does Leonel Messi broke, he is the leading goalscorer for previous UEFA with 15 goals, while CR7 scored 12, He is currently the leading goalscorer in La liga with 27 goals in less than 20 matches while CR7 has scored 17, last season he scored more than 50 goals in La liga while CR7 scored 45, he has 13 hatrick in one season while CR7 has 4, so by that stats, who is the best?

      egraciano2 - 2013-02-09 00:34

      u talk like smbdy who doesnt knw soka messi would be the best bcause he gt the worlds greatst midfield on hs side put ronaldo in bar squat nd messi in madrid squad thn u ask tht qeastn agn

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2013-02-13 18:49

    Jose and CR7 are definitely going to Manchester..the blue half

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