Cristiano Ronaldo is still loved. Although there are doubts about his continuity at Manchester United and there are doubts about the will of the future coach of the red devils, Erik has Hag, in counting on the Portuguese star for next season. The oaths of acceptance, however, came from the other side of the Atlantic and from the mouth of a former partner.
Rafael, Botafogo’s side, had a prolonged spell at United, between 2008 and 2015, and in an interview in Brazil, he expressed his admiration for the striker and his desire, in a joking way, to take Cristiano Ronaldo to the team led by Portuguese Luís Castro.
“I’ll be honest, I believe it can be. He’s not happy. From what I’ve heard, they don’t want him there either, I don’t know. It’s the two ways. Manchester won’t go to the Champions League and he has to see where he goes and it’s no use just playing in the Champions League, because that won’t solve it. He’s scoring a lot of goals, he’s just not winning. I even think it will come out. Maybe he doesn’t want to play in the Champions League, he intends to play in the Brasileirão and come to Botafogo. Besides, we are rich, right”, he said, implying that the entry of investor John Textor could open the door to a millionaire contract…
And there is another argument that makes Rafael lean towards a surprising change: «After Seedorf came, I believe in everything. It was bizarre when he came, even I couldn’t believe it, as a Botafogo native. But it went very well. He played a lot. »