Christiano Ronaldo: Will he won’t he?
For some time now, football fans have been wondering if the Real Madrid star Christiano Ronaldo will make a return to Manchester United, but we still don’t have concrete evidence – or do we? Recently, Christiano Ronaldo has hinted at a retro to his former club, but has remained tight-lipped, so when sources recently informed us of his property hunting in England, we instantly got excited. In 2009, Christiano Ronaldo left the red devils for a then world-record £80m deal, but since his departure, he has often quoted that he misses Manchester United, the fans and England.
The Sunday Mirror recently made a bold statement that the international football star, has dropped a huge hint about his future, stating that he is seriously weighing up his future options. Property hunting seems to be underway, with the 32-year old house hunting for a return to the Premier League – our money is on Man Utd but who’s your bet on? There are many sports book websites taking bets this.
Despite other Premier League teams being interested in the star, the Portuguese international has a close relationship with Jose Mourinho, who was the manager of Real Madrid where Christiano Ronaldo plays. So, not only does Christiano Ronaldo have strong ties to Manchester United, he also has a strong tie with the manager of the club – so why would he choose any other team?
It seems that Christiano Ronaldo is not just a father to four and a global football star, after recently revealing that he has an ambition to head into the movie industry, when he retires that is. His dreams have come true within the football field, with him retaining the Club World Cup in December for Real Madrid, along with claiming a fifth Ballon d’Or trophy (making it level pegging with rival Lionel Messi), but he only has three short years left on his Real Madrid contract.
By the time his contract comes to a close, Christiano Ronaldo will be 35 years old, so will it be time to hang up his boots for good? It seems so, what with him wanting to head into the acting industry. In a recent interview with Sky Italia, the Real Madrid star said;
“I am focused right now because my football career will finish one day – we all have to retire one day. I know that day will come. But right now, I am enjoying the moment. When I am retired, I think I will have a good life. I don’t say that because of money. I want to try other things; for example, to do movies. I started to plan my future when I was 27, 28 – a long time ago, I began preparing. I have a good team, who work in my company, who start to build good things going forward. In football, I am very calm because I know they depend on me.”
Multi-year sponsorship agreement with Bwin
Any lover of Serie A and Italian football, in general, will be well aware that Italy’s top-flight and football association will be aware that Italian clubs have a fraught history with gambling companies. It was only a decade or so ago that Juventus were relegated down a division following their match-fixing scandal, with a few other clubs also hit in that saga. However, none of that seems to be a problem for Inter Milan, who have chosen to sign a deal with one of the UK’s top sportsbooks in defiance of the previous club ban on gambling enterprises.
FC Internazionale (as they are known at home) have just signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Bwin, which should run until 2020. The terms of the agreement will see the UK sportsbook able to advertise their brand around the San Siro stadium, the home of Inter Milan as well as cross-city rivals, AC Milan.
Real Madrid and FC Bayern München are also Bwin partners
Special match-day bets will also be present on Bwin’s sportsbook because of the deal, which is sure to excite UK football fans who happen to be signed up at the sportsbook. Inter Milan now join Real Madrid and FC Bayern München as partners with Bwin. The former owner of Inter (Massimo Moratti) had no interest in gambling deals and was widely regarded as being anti-gambling in nature. Now that the Nusantara Sports Ventures group from Hong Kong have snapped up the football club, the deal can go ahead.
Given that Inter Milan is now open for major UK sportsbooks and businesses to invest, it is no surprise that Bwin has come calling. As one of the most active of UK sportsbooks involved in the football world, the ability to offer their services and be linked with another major Italian club (alongside Juventus and AC Milan) is a major lure for them, with Bwin also heavily linked with the English powerhouses, Manchester United as an official sponsor.