Sir Alex Ferguson claims Cristiano Ronaldo is beyond the reach of Manchester United – and believes he Real Madrid star is now ‘unbuyable’.
The Portuguese winger spent six years at Old Trafford before a record £80million move to the Bernabeu in 2009.
Ronaldo has since gone on to challenge Barcelona’s supremacy in Spain and has become, arguably, the best player in the world, with only Lionel Messi challenging him to the crown.
And Red Devils chief Ferguson admits, whilst the door is always open for the 27-year-old, he knows the club would find it very difficult to bring Ronaldo back to Manchester.
"I'd like to think it would be but I don't think it will happen,” he said. "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.
"He was definitely good value for Madrid but he always wanted to play for them, it was his boyhood dream."