Manchester United bring Ronaldo back from Juventus

Manchester United bring Ronaldo back from Juventus

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 09, 2021 Juventus’ Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Italian Cup semi-final, second leg football match between Juventus Turin and Inter Milan at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

MANCHESTER, England – Manchester United have completed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus on a two-year deal, the Premier League squad confirmed on Tuesday, as the Portuguese attacker returns to the club where he won eight major trophies from 2003-2009.

United announced it had signed a deal with Juventus last week to bring the 36-year-old back to Manchester.

The agreed transfer fee was 15 million euros ($17.74 million) plus eight million euros in performance-related add-ons.

“Manchester United is a club that has always held a special place in my heart and I am overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday,” Ronaldo said in a statement.

“I can’t wait to play in front of a packed stadium at Old Trafford and see all the fans again.”

Ronaldo will join the squad after the international break and could make his first start on September 11 when they host Newcastle United if he returns from his duties with Portugal unscathed.

Ronaldo was signed by Juventus for €100m from Real Madrid in 2018 in hopes he could help the Italian team secure their first Champions League title since 1996.

Although that goal never came to fruition, Ronaldo leaves Turin with 101 goals, two league titles and a Coppa Italia win.

He informed Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri last week that he wanted to leave the club. The Serie A club confirmed his departure earlier on Tuesday.

Media reports in Italy and England said the attacker’s agent Jorge Mendes had agreed personal terms with Premier League champions Manchester City.

But in the end it was United who secured his services, which caused a lot of excitement around the club.

“You are out of words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a great player, but also a great person,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

“To be able to play at the highest level for such a long period of time, you need a very special person.”

United goalkeeper David de Gea said it would be a “dream” to have Ronaldo back at the club. Former captain Roy Keane said the 36-year-old is a “born winner”.

Ronaldo spent six seasons at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009, where he won the Ballon d’Or in 2008 as the world’s best player in addition to his team honors, before breaking a then-world record of £80 million ($110.24 million). Real Madrid sealed.

During his first spell in Manchester, he scored 118 goals and won the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2007-08 season, the year in which Ronaldo helped United capture their last Champions League title.

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