Against CR7! Furious Atletico Madrid fans are urging the club NOT to sign Cristiano Ronaldo amid talk the Man United star will join them on loan this summer… with supporters launching an online protest against a potential deal for the former Real Madrid man
- A number of Atletico fans have made it clear they oppose his signing
- Cristiano Ronaldo tormented the club during his time with rivals Real Madrid
- The Portuguese is said to be desperate to play Champions League football
Atletico Madrid fans have launched a campaign on Twitter pleading with their club not to sign Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, 37, wants to leave United after just one season back after turning 12 last summer. The Portuguese is said to be desperate to play Champions League football.
A number of clubs have been touted for his signature, including Chelsea earlier in the window, with Atleti now emerging as the likeliest destination for the player should he leave United.
Cristiano Ronaldo regularly haunted Atletico Madrid during his time with city rivals Real
Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United this summer to play in the Champions League
However, a number of Los Colchoneros supporters have made it clear on social media that they don’t want the club to sign Ronaldo.
Using the hashtag ‘Contra CR7’ (against CR7) on Twitter, fans tweeted such dramatic things as the threat to cancel their club membership if they signed the former Real Madrid player.
“If this one (Ronaldo) comes to my Atleti, I’ll cancel both of my season tickets…We’re not an asylum to pick up scum,” one fan tweeted.
The animosity between the club and the player, of course, dates back to his hugely successful nine-year spell with city rivals Real Madrid.
Around this time, Atleti emerged under Diego Simeone to challenge Real Madrid and Barcelona for league titles and domestic competitions.
It was in the Champions League, however, with Real Madrid beating Atleti in the 2014 and 2016 finals, as well as defeating them in the semi-finals of the competition in 2017.
Ronaldo, in general, had a major role to play in all three occasions. He scored the fourth goal in Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory in 2014, removing his top after netting his penalty in extra time.
He then scored the winning penalty in the shootout at the San Siro in 2016 and in 2017 he netted a hat-trick in the first leg at the Bernabeu.
The Portuguese have produced a number of top performances against the club – notably in the Champions League
His obsession with the club did not stop there. When he joined Juventus in 2018, Atleti fans might have hoped to have seen him from behind. It shouldn’t be.
A hat-trick in the second leg of the Champions League that season caused the fans of traditional second club Madrid to suffer even more at the hands of the Portuguese.
Expressing their displeasure at the very idea of the club approaching a player who had been a rival for so long, the fans even said they would rather lose than sign the player.
“I’d rather lose with Carlos Martin than win with this Portuguese guy. Don’t be ridiculous!” one fan tweeted.
His penalty to make it 4-1 in Lisbon in 2014 angered fans after he removed his top – a sign of disrespect, many say
Another wrote: “At the club we would never put brand, image or economic dividend results ahead of sporting or social results.” #ContraCR7′.
Other fans simply tweeted a photo of Ronaldo with a cross on his photo next to the now viral hashtag.
While another Atleti loyalist simply wrote ‘Never in my team’. Our values are above your goals.’
Ronaldo, who appears to be trying to get away from United before the start of the season, finds himself in a tight spot with a number of clubs who have already walked away from his signature.
The Portuguese is ready to take a pay cut to join Atleti. Obviously, the desire for him to join is not reflected by many supporters.