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Ronaldo Ready To Go - Shall We Really Love Him?

Ronaldo almost made the clash at Anfield on Saturday and is almost certain to feature against Villarreal on Wednesday as United begin their Champions League title defense.

The Portuguese has been out injured since July when he had an ankle operation. He is unlikely to start against the Spanish side but our bench would feature a potent attacking option as well....

Now, Ronaldo has never been known about his modesty and once again he claims United fans will easily forgive his summer shenanigans and love him again.

'When put on the shirt, I give it my all,' he said.

'I'm already in the history of the club. When I play the fans will love me again.'

His first sentence is definitely true. He might not always play well but always give all - his attitude, in this sense, improved tremendously along the years.

However, as for loving him... I'm not certain. I feel distinctly cool towards him at the moment and though I recognise that his return is a major boost for our chances in every competition this is far from 'love'.

I don't think he'll be booed: that's not commonplace at Old Trafford and Ronaldo would certainly not deserve that as the disgrace he was during the summer did not destroy the achievements of the past two seasons.

But if he expects the Viva Ronaldo chants to be reverberated around the stadium again... well, he will be bitterly disappointed then I'm afraid.

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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 15 2008

Time: 5:54PM

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why did he have to make all that fuss in the summer, he was becoming a legend. he was loved by every utd fan, we defended when people criticized him, the club stood by him when his father passed away. anyway whatever, when i do go to a game i would never boo ronaldo but as you said i wont be chanting the viva ronaldo chant either
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16/09/2008 02:12:00

^ wanted to play for Madrid since he was 5 and it would be a damn shame if he is booed for wanting to follow a dream.
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17/09/2008 04:07:00

Of cause you will, bunch of hypocrites.
Tiny T
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17/09/2008 10:15:00

paulinho, will this incessant defending of ronaldo ever stop? i find it highly unlikely that a united fan, regardless of personal beliefs, cant see how ronaldo's actions this summer have royaly *****ed the fans off. fair enough if you dont subscribe to it yourself, but please stop acting liek what he did was par for the course. as i and many united fans said during the summer was that it would have been fine if he just came out and said he wasnted to go, but instead he dicked us around andf let the media create stories out of little remarks so "I love playing in the white shirt". on the subject of booing him, im with reddevils, i shall not boo, but to hell with chanting his name...the lads gotta do a hell of a lot before i even think about doing that, and i hope the rest of the ot faithful are in the same mindset.
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17/09/2008 11:45:00

I am national team over club team anyway so I just don't care. I defend him because Ronaldo has the right to admire or dream of playing for whatever team he wants. He obviously loves United otherwise he wouldn't have set foot in OT and could have gone to Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus etc. etc. Hes won everything for United and did it in style, now I would like him to stay but if he leaves I would UNDERSTAND him for leaving because he wants to be the greatest, and how better then to win everything in La Liga and or Serie A as well? I don't care if people hate him for him wanting to go to Madrid. But when they continuely bash him is just plain stupid. Hes not even from England why should he stay for life?
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18/09/2008 05:24:00

Paulinho, stop being so naive. united fans arent *****ed at him for wanting to go to Madrid, it is the way in which he went about it. Ive said it so many times, if he had just come out and said all that you say above, i wouldnt be happy, but i would grudginly accept it and be happy for the 5 years he gave us. It is the way in which he went about it, using the media to create false storms...he himself even admits he was wrong in that department. I understna dyou are a proud portugeuse, but can you nto see that he has done anything wrong?
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18/09/2008 18:14:00

“Are United turning into a bit of a joke? Ronaldo claims he wants to leave for a bigger club, all summer. He even said the same last week? What do United to? They send their manager over to Portugal to get on his knees and beg the greedy bloke to play for them, and then when he gets back , the fans are cheering him!? Sorry, United’s status as a super club is seriously on the wane. They are a 1 man team, and Ronaldo has pretty much proved that he is bigger than the club at the minute. He can do what he wants, and he knows that the club will come back offering him more money. Look at a real super club, Real Madrid. Robinho, one of their best players says he wants to go. Do they humiliate themselves, by begging him to stay? No, they force him out for the highest price. No one is bigger than the club after all. Ronaldo is bigger than Manchester Utd hgh
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19/09/2008 00:44:00

I never said he was innocent, but with all the articles about how their all *****ed about him wanting to leave and go to Madrid, people just need to calm down and stop worring so much about a single player. Granted he is a massive part of the team, but so was Cantona and look at where United are now. Ronaldo even said himself that if United hadn't won everything they did, he wouldn't have even thought about leaving.
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