Sir Alex Ferguson: 'No club can buy Cristiano Ronaldo now'

Ferguson: 'Ronaldo is unbuyable'
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Sir Alex Ferguson claims that no club in the world can afford to sign Cristiano Ronaldo but is willing to have the 27-year-old return to Manchester United.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is "unbuyable" but remains open to the return of the forward to Old Trafford.

The Portugal international joined Real Madrid from the Premier League giants in the summer of 2009 for a world-record transfer fee of £80m.

"I'd like to think it would be, but I don't think it will happen," said Ferguson when asked if United would be open to the idea of having the 27-year-old back.

"You're talking about incredible amounts of money now. What would you think his value would be? He's definitely unbuyable.

"Who could afford to buy him? There's talk of the ­Russians, perhaps. But do you think he would go to Russia? He complained about the weather here, let alone the ­middle of winter in ­Russia!"

Ferguson, though, believes that Ronaldo will leave Madrid at some point in his career.

"He was ­definitely good value for ­Madrid, but he ­always wanted to play for them," said the 70-year-old.

"It was his boyhood dream. I'm not saying he'll stay there forever, you never know. How do you know we've not got a buy-back clause for him?"

Ronaldo won La Liga with Madrid last season.

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