Manchester United’s decision to sign Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably one of the fastest transfers that has occurred in recent times. It reminds Manchester City fans of how their cross-city rivals beat them to sign Alaxis Sanchez in 2017. There has however been claims from Pep Guardiola, City manager that the blue half of Manchester never needed the Greatest of all time (GOAT).
‘Frustrated is not the right word, we have an exceptional squad,’ Guardiola told BT Sport.
The question however is does Man City really need Ronaldo? I have penned below five reasons why I think the citizens needed the player who is still breaking records I football.
1. Proven scorer
It is an undeniable fact that City has been scoring lots of goals this season. So far, City has scored 10 goals and conceded only one. Five each against Norwich and Arsenal but struggled against Tottenham Hotspurs. Why did City struggle against Spurs but won against weakened teams? The answer is simple. City needs a proven goal scorer to win games against a team that plays good football.
The midfielders can thrive when they meet average teams but that strategy won’t work when they meet formidable opposition like Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool and even Leicester. And this is when Ronaldo comes in handy. He can break down compact defense and help you win points in difficult games.
2. Bragging rights over Man United
The numerous giant bill boards that were erected in the City of Manchester to welcome Carlos Tevez in 2009 when he switch camp to the citizens is still fresh in the memory of Manchester United fans.
That could be understood because bragging is part of football. Imagine how City fans would have taunted their United rivals if Cristiano Ronaldo had joined them in 2021. And this is of course something the United fans and coaches would not want to have.
3. International Appeal
It is an undeniable fact that the Manchester City team rose to global fame after September 2008, Sheikh Mansour acquired Manchester City and commenced purchasing good players. Roberto Mancini must also be credited for building a solid squad after that. Pep Guardiola have also helped in making the club attractive. However, the Manchester City has never been bigger than that of the rivals, Man United.
With Cristiano Ronaldo, who is arguably the best player in the world donning the sky blue colours of Machester City would have been a major boost for the club. Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock return to Manchester United has seen the club’s stock market value rocket by £212m at one point on Friday.
And this could have helped raised their shares across the globe. Even in his 30s, the Portugal captain had spent the previous three campaigns at Juventus conquering the Serie A, he scored 81 goals in 97 league appearances during that time and helped his side win the title twice.
4. Leader in their champions league pursuit
One of the major reasons why Sheikh Mansour secured the signature of Josep Guardiola was to win the Champion league. Critics of Guardiola say he can only be successful in Europe with Messi. The critics who say Guardiola can’t manage superstar individuals. The critics who say City can’t attract truly world class players.
City have been criticised for their Champions League record, even when reaching the final last year. Guardiola overthinks things in the big games and has failed to deliver a Champions League trophy as a result.
A player like Ronaldo who has won the competition five times and would be able to use that experience to help City over the line they are desperate to cross. That leader City have lacked would have been present now.
5. Have a GOAT don a city shirt
Man City as a team have had various legends in the past with the likes of Vincent Kompany been the latest, however none of them is like CR7.
Signing Ronaldo wouldn’t be the statement it was a few years ago, but it would still unlock a new calibre of signing that has never signed for the club. World-class players now actively want to sign for City, and see the Blues as a genuine prospect of winning titles domestically and in Europe.
All things considered, there are more positives to Ronaldo’s signing than concerns. And if City were to prove those doubters wrong, they could have even more pleasure from taking the risk of making a signing that will shake the world of football just as much as Robinho did in 2008.