Cristiano Ronaldo's Denial of New Real Madrid Deal Is Promising Sign for Suitors

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 16, 2013

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 10:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates his goal of Portugal during the international friendly match between Portugal and Croatia on June 10, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo took it upon himself to deny rumours of him signing a new contract with the club, and that's an incredible sign for the many clubs courting the Portuguese sensation.

Here's what Ronaldo had to say about the rumours on Twitter: 

He also made the same statement on his Facebook page

It's important to not look too much into something like this, as he could've just been trying to address this report from's Chris Myson, which includes a statement from club president Florentino Perez that Ronaldo is adamant about re-signing with the club long-term.

But could this just be the beginning of Ronaldo's exodus from Madrid and reunion with Manchester United? In the days since Ronaldo's public dismissal, reports like this one from Neil Custis of The Sun have surfaced, stating that former manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be used in the courting of Ronaldo back to England.

According to The Independent's Ian Herbert, United are banking on emotional ties to bring back the 28-year-old, who emerged as a superstar while with the Red Devils.

They won't be able to afford to match the wages of Monaco, according to Fox Sports, or Paris Saint-Germain, per The Express' James Dickenson, but perhaps the allure of playing for a club that means so much to Ronaldo would trump a higher salary.

But whether you're PSG, Monaco, Manchester United or any other club who is aiming to add him, you have to feel good about the fact that Ronaldo would use social media to announce this. Ronaldo could have just as easily stayed silent on the matter, but he took to Twitter to iron it out.

As if it wasn't enough to relay that message to his 19-plus million followers, he made certain that it caught the public's eye by passing it on to the 58 million who like the star's page on Facebook.

It's important to notice that Ronaldo never made any definitive statement about his intentions for the future. He never said whether he would or would not return to Madrid. He may not be ready to make a decision on his future or a potential return to United, where he created one of the world's most dangerous attacking lines with Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney.

But the simple fact that he went on social media to address a rumour that hadn't really picked up much steam is enough to speculate on.

Meanwhile, the mounds and mounds of cash he would accumulate with a move to Monaco or PSG is enticing. 

But Ronaldo surely isn't forgetting the epic amounts of success he's had at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he's notched more goals (146) than appearances (135). His former teammates haven't either, as Ricardo Cavarlho looked to settle the rumours himself, per SW Lim of  

The trophy-less season that he endured there in 2012-13 surely won't be repeated anytime soon, but Ronaldo might be thinking about the endless possibilities of his return to United or a new adventure with a club that would make him the world's highest paid player. 

The only thing that is certain about Ronaldo's upcoming decision on the next stage of his career is that it'll be a tough one. His latest comments only echo that.