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Toe Poke Daily: 7 ways football has changed in 10 years since Ronaldo left Man United for Real Madrid

Toe Poke Daily: 7 ways football has changed in 10 years since Ronaldo left Man United for Real Madrid


Manchester United are in talks to sell Matteo Darmian, sources have told ESPN FC.

Spanish side Valencia and two unnamed Italian clubs are leading the race to land the Italian defender, who has made it clear to United he wants to leave this summer.

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The 29-year-old, signed for £12.7 million from Torino in 2015, made just six Premier League appearances last season, but was a surprise inclusion in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team to start the Manchester derby with City in April.

Solskjaer already has right-backs Ashley Young and Diego Dalot in his squad and has also sanctioned a bid for Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The initial £35m offer for the 21-year-old was rejected but United are expected to return with a bid closer to Palace's £60m valuation.

Darmian will be allowed to depart this summer but United will ask for a fee before agreeing to the sale. Sources have told ESPN FC that Valencia and two Serie A sides have already made formal approaches.

Darmian is under contract until next summer after United triggered a one-year extension in January but the club are unlikely to price him out of a move. He was keen to return to Italy last summer and although Juventus registered interest they could not agree a fee.

Darmian made 92 appearances in four seasons at Old Trafford, scoring once. A regular in his first season under Louis van Gaal, the Italy international slipped down the pecking order under the Dutchman's replacement Jose Mourinho.

He came as a substitute in the FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace in 2016 and started the Europa League final win over Ajax a year later.

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of the day that Manchester United accepted an £80 million offer from Real Madrid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

He was unveiled at the Bernabeu a month later, and since then Ronaldo has scored 478 goals (in 481 games), becoming Real Madrid's all-time top goal scorer and winning two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and four Champions Leagues. He's also claimed the Serie A title in his maiden season with Juventus and both the European Championship and UEFA Nations League with Portugal.

Since scoring his first and only hat trick for Manchester United against Newcastle in January 2008, Ronaldo has walloped in a further 52 trebles for club and country -- 44 for Real, one for Juve and seven for Portugal. Astounding work.

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But the last decade has not all been about Ronaldo (though he might beg to differ). In reference to his iconic shirt number of choice, here are seven ways in which football has changed since that fateful day in 2009.

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