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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to take a long overdue break.
The Portugal winger spent last Christmas back in Madeira as Ferguson showed concern that his teen starlet was displaying signs of fatigue.
After a hectic summer that saw Ronaldo emerge on the world stage in Euro 2004 and then represent his country in the Olympics, he has been an integral part of United's attacking tactics for much of the season.