Manchester United have confirmed the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford.
In a statement on their official website, United said:
“Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.
“Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.
In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.
“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 27, 2021
Manchester City had seemed the most likely destination for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner until Friday morning.
But after a whirlwind 48 hours that saw Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, hold talks with Juventus officials in Turin on Wednesday over a potential move to the Etihad Stadium, City confirmed on Friday lunchtime that they were no longer interested.
Reports suggest that Sir Alex Fergusson had a hand in the Cristiano Ronaldo saga after a move to City looked almost certain.
Ferguson is understood to have reached out to Ronaldo on Friday morning resulting in the almighty U-turn.
Ex-Manchester United players such as Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra are also believed to have reached out to Cristiano Ronaldo
Also, in his press conference to preview Sunday’s meeting with Wolves, Solskjær had earlier hinted that United could attempt to trump their neighbours by signing Ronaldo, admitting that midfielder Bruno Fernandes had been in touch with his Portugal team-mate.
Why did Cristiano Ronaldo leave Juventus?
Ronaldo has not disclosed his reasons for wanting to leave Juventus. However, he had clearly told the club that he wanted to move on.
Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, also revealed that Ronaldo informed him of his intention to move on ahead of their trip to face Empoli in Serie A on Saturday.
It has been reported that the Portugal captain was spotted at Juventus’ training ground on Friday morning, where he spent around 40 minutes bidding farewell to his teammates.
Cristiano Ronaldo has since posted a touching video on his Instagram page thanking the Juventus supporters for his time in Turin.
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