Rio Ferdinand tried to lure Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Man United | inside World Soccer

Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he bombarded Cristiano Ronaldo with phone calls last summer to try and lure him back to Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo was 'one of the most dialled people' on Rio Ferdinand's phone last summer
Cristiano Ronaldo was 'one of the most dialled people' on Rio Ferdinand's phone last summer

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Ronaldo was linked with a move back to United, for whom he enjoyed a six-year spell between 2003 and 2009 before moving to Real Madrid for a world record £80 million transfer.

However, the Portuguese signed a new new five-year contract with the Spanish giants in September to end any speculation over his future.

Asked if he had contacted Ronaldo, Ferdinand told The Sun: "What do you think? He was one of the most dialled people on my phone at the time.

"But I think the opportunity has gone now. If we could have done it, I think it would have been last summer. He's signed a new deal at Real now."

Ferdinand, though, believes Old Trafford would have been his destination of choice had he decided to leave the Bernabéu.

The ex-England international added: "If he was going to leave Real Madrid, I think Manchester United would have been the place he would have come to. That's my personal view, but no-one will ever know now."

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