Ronaldo returns to action in Man United draw

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Cristiano Ronaldo returned to action for Manchester United on Sunday despite the forward’s desire to leave the club.

The Portuguese star played in the 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano in a pre-season friendly at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United has been hotly debated this summer.

The 37-year-old wants to leave the club to pursue his dream of competing in the Champions League.

He was also granted permission to miss United’s preseason tour of Thailand and Australia for personal reasons.

Ronaldo made a point of applauding fans on both sides of the stadium as he led the outfield players out for their warm-up before kick-off, and the fans reciprocated to demonstrate that, despite the summer speculation, there is no lingering animosity.

During his 45-minute stint against the La Liga side, Ronaldo had one clear chance which he failed to convert.

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