‘He has been a distraction’ – Victor Ikpeba says Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was a huge mistake

Former Super Eagles forward, Victor Ikpeba has opined that Cristiano Ronaldo made a mistake to have returned to Manchester United, Newspremises reports.

Ronaldo had spent six years at United where he established his name before joing Real Madrid in 2009, he went on to win four more Ballon d’or awards at Madrid before joining Juventus and then United in 2021 August.

His return to Manchester United came as a surprise as it seemed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was on his way to Man City, only for Ronaldo to join the Red Devils.

Speaking on SuperSport, Ikpeba said: “I think he [Ronaldo] should be leaving the club. Ronaldo coming back to Manchester United was a mistake.

“It’s not a question of him scoring goals, so many things happen when a star player returns to his original club.

“In many ways, Ronaldo has been a distraction. He’s a global star in football, he shouldn’t have come back at that age, he should have gone to Manchester City.

“Egocentric players, jealousy comes to play in the dressing room. The atmosphere has been nasty right from the beginning.”

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