Cristiano Ronaldo set for Manchester United return after deal is struck


The Premier League giant said a deal has been reached with Juventus for the 36-year-old, who scored 118 goals in 292 games during his first stint at Old Trafford.

“Everyone at the club is looking forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester,” read a brief statement from the club.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner enjoyed six successful years at Manchester United, winning three league titles and a Champions League, before joining Real Madrid in 2009 for a then world record amount.

He is now set to reunite with former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who praised Ronaldo earlier on Friday ahead of the deal.

“Cristiano has been a legend of this club, he is a legend of this club, he is the greatest player of all time, if you ask me,” the United manager said at a conference. hurry.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is adored by Manchester United fans after his first stint at the club.

Earlier on Friday, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said Ronaldo would no longer play for the Italian club after saying he wanted to leave.

Reports had linked Ronaldo with a move to United’s fierce rivals Manchester City, but a deal never came to fruition.

Ronaldo won the Serie A title in his first two seasons with the Old Lady, but was unable to lead the Italian club to the Champions League title – a competition he has won four times with Real Madrid.

Juventus finished fourth last season and speculation about Ronaldo’s future has been swirling with less than 12 months on the contract ever since.

“Today I am leaving an incredible club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in Europe,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram after the deal broke.

“I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I will always love the city of Turin until my last days.”

He added: “At the end of the day, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not everything we wanted, but we still wrote a really great story together.”

Details of the deal have yet to be revealed, but the news sent shares of US-listed Manchester United up 8%.

Ronaldo joins Jadon Sancho and former Real Madrid team-mate Raphael Varane as United’s new summer signings as the club attempt to rise to the top of European and domestic football.

The team started the season in mixed form, winning their first game against Leeds 5-1 before a disappointing draw against Southampton, and the addition of Ronaldo could give the team a huge experience gain.

The striker is considered one of the best players in history and has won over 30 major trophies during his career.

At Euro 2020, he tied the all-time international goalscoring record of 109 international goals set by Iranian Ali Daei.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire wrote a message on Twitter reacting to the news, writing “Welcome home Cristiano”.

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