Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all
'Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all." Lord Tennyson had, undoubtedly, higher feelings at heart than the transfer window when he composed one of his most famous poems, and yet his words could go a long way in sparing many United fans a colossal disappointment this summer.
July 5th, 2013
Pretty much since Cristiano Ronaldo left Old Trafford in 2009, we have all, at times, indulged in the idea that he could, one day, return to the club where he first became a superstar of the game. Over the last couple of months the rumours linking Ronaldo with a move away from the Spanish capital have gathered pace, thanks to a perfectly orchestrated campaign which, through the tabloids and different social media networks, has given some United fans exactly what they wanted – a half-sentence, a sign that was spun to the point of becoming news worthy.
In football, just like in everyday life, allowing our hearts to have the better of our brains leads, in the best case scenario, to crushing disappointments, but even that did not stop many – too many, in fact – United fans from believing that Ronaldo could indeed “come home” this summer.
Now that Ronaldo has himself ruled out a possible return – only for the time being, though, as many Reds have already pointed out – some United fans’ collective gullibility has emerged to its full extent.
Why did we think that Real Madrid would allow a player worth perhaps even more than the £80m they paid for him in 2009 leave for less than that?
Furthermore, those who advocated Ronaldo’s return pointed at the connection between him and Sir Alex Ferguson as the lynchpin upon which the deal could and would be structured, gleefully ignoring that the man from Govan is no longer in charge at Old Trafford.
Considering that United’s record signing cost £33.4m and that, since the Glazers’ takeover, only once have United spent more than £80m in a single summer (in 2007 when the arrival list read: Anderson, Nani, Carlos Tevez, Owen Hargreaves, Tomasz Kuszczack and Rodrigo Possebon), what could bring them to fork out £80m on a single player?
As much as I would love to see Ronaldo back at Old Trafford, I never believed we could indeed sign him and, yes, I know that hindsight is a wonderful thing but, perhaps cynically, I’ve always considered his statements as a quite exquisitely orchestrated maneuvers to remind Real Madrid that he’s the one calling the shots, rather than vice versa.
Furthermore, as good as Ronaldo is – I, for one, consider him slightly better than Messi – his presence alone doesn’t guarantee trophies, as Real Madrid’s trophy cabinet in the last four seasons can testify. If United really have £80m at their disposal, they should invest them on three or four players, rather than on a single star, however good he might be.
The only thing worse than having loved and lost is not letting go of an old crush refusing to move on.
By Dan (RedRants)