Except for the City board, most people would never put Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester City together.
This could be one of the most surprising transfers in history. Not only would it be fantastic for City to recruit a goal-scoring striker, but they’d also have the extra benefit of Ronaldo’s presence infuriating their Manchester rivals.
With whispers of Ronaldo’s return to the Premier League starting to spread, City’s pursuit of the Juventus man reveals Pep Guardiola’s major goal this season: he wants to win the Champions League.
The Champions League, which has eluded City fans and Guardiola since the Spaniard took over the club in 2016, is the one prize that has eluded them. Guardiola, one of the best football managers of all time, hasn’t won the award in ten years.
City has frequently shown a lack of calm in high-pressure, key European situations, failing to get over the line and clinch Champions League triumph. It’s the manager’s fault sometimes, the players’ fault other times, but in times like this, you look to your leaders.
A leader who can rally the troops, establish calm, and step up when it’s most needed. It’s difficult to imagine a player who possesses all of these qualities in greater quantity than Ronaldo.
More Champions League trophies have been won by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner than by the entire City squad and manager combined. Ronaldo possesses the winning attitude that is required in sports, and he will almost likely bring a sense of calm to City if they reach the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club championship.
If City are truly desperate to win the Champions League, there isn’t much more they can do than sign the Portuguese superstar. He is the all-time top goalscorer in the competition, was a member of the only team to successfully defend the title, and has a total of five Champions League medals.
Yes, Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane was their top aim this summer, but Kane has a habit of performing poorly in finals, something Ronaldo does not have.
If Guardiola’s club makes it back to the Champions League final, Ronaldo will almost certainly stand up when his team needs him the most.
As one of the most perplexing transfer sagas in history heated up by the hour, we may soon see Ronaldo return to Manchester, but this time in blue.