Ronaldo ‘with Madrid to the death’

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The two-time Ballon d’Or winner spent six successful years at Manchester United, with early reports of disgruntlement over Real Madrid’s transfer policy this season fuelling speculation of a possible move back to the Premier League.

However, the Portuguese international’s agent Jorge Mendes has ruled out a possible exit from the Bernabeu, insisting Ronaldo will remain in the Spanish capital “forever”.

"[Ronaldo] is loved by United because his heart was there for six years," Mendes told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

"But now he is just thinking about Real Madrid and he will stay here forever. He could not be happier. He respects the people who remember him, but he is with Madrid to the death.

"I do not receive offers because people know it is impossible to take Cristiano out of Real Madrid, so it is not worth calling to ask about him."

Mendes then sung his superstar’s praises, saying that there will not be another player like him “in the next 500 years”.

"You are never going to find another like him," he said. "He is getting better every day, and will be maybe better until he is 40.

"Cristiano is very happy at Real Madrid and has always been very happy. He will beat all the records there are to beat at the Blancos club and he will retire here.

"As well as being the best player, he is the best athlete in the world," he continued. "You cannot compare him with anyone.

"There will be nobody like him in the next 500 years. He is a very humble and family-focused person. A spectacular father. He is the son any mother would want to have.

"He worries about other people. He has so many good things it is impossible to describe him."

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