A breakdown in contract talks between Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid could pave the way for the former Manchester United star to return to Old Trafford, write the Daily Star.

The former FIFA World Player of the Year’s contract at the Bernabeu runs out next July and the player is understood to be frustrated that Real are so far refusing to negotiate a new deal and fears he is being used as nothing more than a cash cow.

The Portugal international’s contract has a clause inserted which sees the Spanish Champions rake in 40% of the player’s individual personal endorsements, and given that Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in the sporting world, that means he pays the club more out of his own pocket than he receives in wages.

That has left the 28-year old on the brink at the Bernabeu, according to the same report, and a return to Old Trafford, where he played between 2003/09, seems like his most likely next destination.

Ronaldo left Manchester United after winning three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the Champions League in a world-record £80 million deal, and last year it was announced that he is the third highest paid footballer in world football just behind David Beckham on £23.4 million. Though money isn’t said to be a factor in Ronaldo’s next career move, the player feels Real should be far more flexible in their stance and should reduce the cut they take.

However, the La Liga giants are thus far unwilling to budge on their stance and that alone could drive the player out of Spain and back to the Premier League.

General Motors are believed to be looking at ways of bringing forward their £370 million Chevrolet sponsorship deal forward at Old Trafford and are set to replace current backers Aon.

They are understood to have begun talks with Ronaldo’s advisers over making him their global ambassador should he return to Manchester, with United prepared to pay the player £200,000-a-week in wages should he opt for a second stint at the Theatre of Dreams.

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This article was first posted on February 26, 2013