Some Man Utd fans on Twitter still pine after Cristiano Ronaldo so much that they started a whip-around on the social media platform to raise enough money for their club to to buy back Real Madrid's star player.
The movement even has it's own hashtag (#PoundForCR7). It was possibly started by the account @UnitedNews99, which has now been deleted. The account posted several tweets asking for promotion of the idea.
— johnny stafford (@johnstafford72) February 25, 2013
United are clearly hard up financially at the moment and desperately required crowdfunding initiatives like this to finance the purchase of player. I mean, it's not as if Forbes announced last month that they were the first sports team to be valued at $3 billion or anything.
Ridiculously, some fans really bought into the idea.
Our Legend Will Return #poundforcr7
— Tony Johnson (@LittleJohnson86) February 25, 2013
— Tom Sheedy (@Tom_Sheedy) February 25, 2013
— amanda reed (@1958manda) February 25, 2013
I'll give 50, #PoundForCR7
— Kevin O'Brien (@KevinOBrien92) February 25, 2013
And of course, some others jumped on the hashtag to make fun of the idea.
"Hi Real Madrid. We've got ... £54.73 and a chocolate button. No, hang on, I ate the button. What's your Paypal plz?" #PoundforCR7
— Andrew Thomas (@Twisted_Blood) February 25, 2013
WTF Ronaldo is in the starting line up for Real Madrid tonight? I want my £1 back! #PoundForCR7
— Cockney Fred the Red (@notagloryhunter) February 26, 2013
— Dario (@DarioWard) February 25, 2013
I think #Poundforcr7 is a wonderful idea and hereby offer my services as chief pound collector.
— Macca (@The_Paris_Angel) February 25, 2013
— Ian Wright (@ihwright) February 25, 2013
— Seán O'Sullivan (@OSullivanMUFC) February 25, 2013