‘He’s coming home!’: Cristiano Ronaldo completes his £19.8million return to Manchester United, signing a two-year contract at £385,000 a week with an option to play until he’s 39
It’s the homecoming that Manchester United fans have been waiting for for 12 years.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford has finally been confirmed, with the Portuguese star completing his dramatic move from Juventus to become a United player for the second time in his career.
United have spent £12.9m on the 36-year-old with £6.9m to follow in add-ons. Ronaldo has signed a two-year contract with an option for another year after passing a medical exam in Lisbon last weekend. He could play for United until the age of 39.
Ronaldo said: “Manchester United is a club that has always held a special place in my heart and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday.
“I can’t wait to play in front of a packed stadium at Old Trafford and see all the fans again. I look forward to joining the team after the international matches and I hope we have a very successful season.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return from Juventus to Manchester United is finally complete
Ronaldo has signed a two-year contract with an option for another season at Old Trafford
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: “You have no words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a great player, but also a great person.
‘To be able to play at the highest level for such a long period, you need a very special person. I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us and his experience will be so important to the younger players in the squad.
“Ronaldo’s return shows the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted to see him return to the place where it all started.”
Ronaldo’s contract is worth around £385,000 a week, making him one of the highest paid players in the league. That’s still a cut from the £500,000-a-week salary he earned at Juventus.
There was no word from United on which jersey number Ronaldo will take, but there have been suggestions that once Daniel James completes his move to Leeds, Edinson Cavani will leave the number 7 shirt for Ronaldo and move to the number 21 James currently occupies .
It was a stormy couple of days for United and Ronaldo, who last Friday seemed destined to arrive in Manchester’s blue half and sign for Pep Guardiola’s City side.
But United made a last-minute intervention with Juventus and Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, while club legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Rio Ferdinand contacted Ronaldo to stop him from going to City.
It is not yet known whether Ronaldo will regain the number 7 shirt at United or take another number
Ronaldo said he can’t wait to play for United fans again at Old Trafford
Ronaldo left United in 2009 in a then world record £80million to Real Madrid. He won two LaLiga titles and four Champions League crowns in Spain, where his personal duel with Lionel Messi thrilled football fans around the world.
His ruthless scoring record for Madrid saw him win the Ballon d’Or five times, with his most recent triumph in 2017. Should he help usher in a new era of success at United that takes them back to the trophy-laden era under Ferguson , it is possible that he will win a sixth.
Juventus confirmed Ronaldo’s departure early on Tuesday morning, praising his contribution to Italy over three years, scoring 101 goals in 133 appearances.
On July 10, 2018, two icons of the European and football world came together – Cristiano Ronaldo became a Juventus player. Today, after three years together and 133 appearances, 101 goals scored and five trophies won, that chapter has come to an end…. CR7 and Juventus’ paths have gone their separate ways,” Juventus said.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Ronaldo when his return to United was officially confirmed
Ronaldo is currently on international duty with Portugal for World Cup qualifiers
Ronaldo is currently on international duty with Portugal, playing against Ireland and Azerbaijan in World Cup qualifiers and Qatar in a friendly match.
He should be lining up to make his second United debut on September 11 against Newcastle at Old Trafford.
In his first stint at United, Ronaldo won three Premier League titles, one Champions League, one FA Cup and two League Cups. He has scored 84 Premier League goals and will be tipped a lot to reach the ‘100 club’ before the 2020-21 season is over.