ROME (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United became uncertain again when he wouldn’t say whether he will remain with the English champions next season.
When asked after United’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League final whether he would be at Old Trafford next season, the reigning world player of the year said: “I don’t know.”
Real Madrid has been trying to obtain the 24-year-old Portuguese winger for nearly two seasons and former president Florentino Perez is on the verge of heading the club again.
A lifelong Madrid fan, has three seasons remaining on his current contract and has said he would like to play for Real Madrid at some point. United manager Alex Ferguson has labeled Real Madrid “a mob” for repeatedly trying to get Ronaldo to make a move.
Perez, responsible for bringing Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham to Real Madrid during his six-year tenure, has said he is ready to spend three years’ worth of money on players this summer alone.
Ronaldo nearly scored in the second minute of Wednesday night’s loss and while he had six shots, he became less of a factor in the second half.
“Everything went wrong,” Ronaldo said. “We didn’t control the game and we lost. I think Barcelona played better than us and they deserved to win.”
Man United didn’t respond to the challenge.
“Everyone expects Manchester to do something in the game and it didn’t happen,” Ronaldo said.
He was outplayed by Lionel Messi, who could succeed him as player of the year.
“The game was between Manchester and Barcelona. It wasn’t a duel between anyone in particular,” Ronaldo said. “I’m sure I’m going to play more finals.”
United fan stabbed
ROME (AP) A Manchester United fan was hospitalized after being stabbed and 15 people, including United and Barcelona supporters, were arrested by police in separate incidents before the Champions League final here Wednesday night.
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