Reading into his comments after Portugalâ€™s exit from Euro 2008, it seems Ronaldo has listened to outgoing Portugal coach Scolari rather than Alex Ferguson on his burning desire to join Real Madrid.
There is no doubt the Ronaldo and Ferguson relationship has soured. Those joyous scenes of them hugging and celebrating after winning the Champions League seem a far distant memory. Who would have thought just a short period after this Ferguson and Manchester Utd would contemplate putting the player in the stands rather than sell him on.
But this is no ordinary player. This is the most coveted player in the world today. And in Manchesterâ€™s treatment of him they may have forgotten this might tip him over the edge and make Realâ€™s interest in him more attractive to a footballer who it seems has had enough of being sheided and protected by Ferguson in particular.