Cristiano Ronaldo completes remarkable Man Utd return as club confirm £21m transfer for Portuguese superstar
CRISTIANO RONALDO has completed his stunning return to Manchester United in a £21m deal.
The 36-year-old forward signed a two-year deal, with the option of an additional 12 months, worth a whopping £480,000-a-week at Old Trafford after leaving Juventus.
He completed a medical in Lisbon over the weekend and the transfer was officially confirmed this morning.
Ronaldo, who penned an emotional goodbye to Juventus and their fans, said: “Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday.
“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again.
“I'm looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former teammate of the icon, said: “You run out of words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a marvellous player, but also a great human being.
“To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level for such a long period requires a very special person.
“I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the younger players in the squad.
“Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted he is coming home to where it all started.”
Ronaldo won three Premier League titles and the Champions League at Manchester United before leaving the club in 2009.
The five-time Ballon D’or winner has won over 30 major trophies during his career so far, including five Champions League crowns plus the Euro 2016 with his country.
Ronaldo is also the first player to win leagues in three different countries and was top scorer in Serie A last season before claiming the golden boot at this summer’s European Championship.
The veteran scored 118 goals in 292 matches for United during his his first spell at the club.
He had been linked with a move to champions Manchester City this summer.
But rivals United swooped to bring him back in a blockbuster move after a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former United boss snatched him out of the hands of their cross-town rivals in a £480,000-a-week deal after an emotional conversation with him on Friday morning.
Portuguese team-mate Bruno Fernandes had already called him the night before to try and talk him into joining him back at Old Trafford.
The combination of the two convinced him to end negotiations with Etihad chiefs as United played a dramatic late hand to trump City.
United legend Rio Ferdinand confirmed: “Sir Alex – massive part. Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex have got a bond that very players get to have in their career with a manager.
“There was no way Cristiano Ronaldo would be coming to Man United without speaking to Sir Alex Ferguson. Simple as that.”
Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward and his right-hand man Matt Judge did the incredible deal with Juventus and Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes.
The deal was triggered after Ronaldo told Juventus boss Max Allegri that he no longer wanted to play for the club and was therefore taken out of the squad for the home game with Empoli.
He then flew to Lisbon to have his medical ahead of joining up with his Portuguese teammates on international duty.
Ronaldo posted on Instagram: “I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.
"We can all look back and realise we achieved great thing, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.”
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