There was some contact (with City). I have some projects but I am focused on getting over this injury."

Given Ronaldo has played a the highest level for some time and has sponsored everything (or so it felt like a few years ago!), surely there is no reason for him to even try to return to the big time at this stage in his career?

As far as Man City are concerned, signing Ronaldo would be something of a coup and, as a free agent, he could join whenever he regains his fitness. But if they did decide to sign him, they run the risk of being seen as the last step before the graveyard, where relics go to pick up one last paycheck to pay for their retirement.

They may as well keep their pride - and allow the big Brazilian to keep his - and target players of today and tomorrow, not those of a few years ago.