The Red Devils superstar spent his early years with the Portuguese giants before joining United as a teenager in 2003.
Ronaldo’s mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, has always dreamed of seeing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back playing at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, even claiming to have told him: “Son, before I die, I want to see you return to Sporting.”
And now that dream could become a reality, as the Independent claim that Sporting want to re-sign their former prodigy, who’s desperate to leave the Red Devils this summer and continue playing Champions League football.
So far, Ronaldo agent Jorge Mendes have been unable to find a worthy suitor willing to pay his extravagant wages on top of a transfer fee.
Thankfully for the 37-year-old, Sporting have made contact with Old Trafford chiefs, offering to take him off their hands if United terminate his lucrative contract, meaning they wouldn’t receive a fee.
Having previously ruled out a sale in pre-season, the Red Devils are now debating whether to getting rid of Ronaldo after his behaviour during the early stages of the new campaign.
He’s also cut a frustrated figure under new manager Erik ten Hag, who’s endured back-to-back defeats. Co-owner Joel Glazer is keen to keep Ronaldo at the club thanks to his commercial value, but his mum has already told him to return home.
Speaking on the Sporting Clube de Portugal podcast nearly a year ago, Aveiro stated: “Ronaldo has to come back here. If it were my choice, he would already be here.
He likes to watch Sporting games. I’ve already told him: ‘Son, before I die, I want to see you return to Sporting.’ He says: ‘Let’s see’: But if it can’t be him, then Cristianinho! “She then joked about him taking back the no. 7 shirt upon his fairytale return, adding: “Today the number seven jersey is [Brazilian midfielder] Tabata, but when Ronaldo comes it will be his!”
Ronaldo was first linked with returning to Lisbon last month, albeit on loan, but he quickly quashed the rumours by labelling them “fake.”
The megastar striker further addressed speculation surrounding his future this Wednesday. In a response to a fan’s Instagram post, Ronaldo pledged to do an interview which will uncover “the truth.”
“They know the truth when they interview in a couple weeks,” he wrote. “The media is telling lies. I have a notebook and in the last few months of the 100 news I made, only 5 were right. Imagine how it is. Stick with that tip.”