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Ronaldo capture could shift balance of power in Manchester back towards United

United had dreamt of Ronaldo for years: all 12 since he left for Real Madrid. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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Around three hours before Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a dramatic return to Manchester United on Friday (Aug 28), Pep Guardiola was voicing a theory.

Manchester City were the favourites to sign the Portuguese but the great players, Guardiola insisted, chose the clubs, not vice-versa. Lionel Messi, he argued, had picked Paris Saint-Germain. Ronaldo, he said, was in the same bracket.

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