Cristiano Ronaldo has been hailed as the ‘greatest player’ in football history by his new Manchester United team-mate Harry Maguire… who also tips the superstar to make a ‘huge impact’ after sealing his ‘amazing’ return
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was made official on the day of the deadline
- His new teammate and captain, Harry Maguire, praised the stunning switch
- Maguire praised Ronaldo as the ‘best player’ and said he will improve the team
- Ronaldo has also been tipped by Maguire to make a big impact off the pitch
Cristiano Ronaldo has been hailed by his new Manchester United team-mate Harry Maguire as the ‘best player’ in football history.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo sensationally returned to Old Trafford more than a decade after his departure, signing an initial two-year deal worth £12.9million.
United were quick to react after it looked like their former talisman would go to fierce rivals City instead, and captain Harry Maguire cheered the signing.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been hailed as the ‘best player to play the game’ by Harry Maguire
Maguire is also hopeful that Ronaldo will influence the club’s pursuit of silverware both on and off the pitch this season.
“Yes, of course, it’s great,” Maguire said at a press conference ahead of England’s hat-trick in this month’s World Cup qualifiers.
“Obviously I’m away with England at the moment so my focus is on tomorrow’s game, but for him to sign back for the club and for me he’s the best player to play the game.
Maguire is a team-mate of Ronaldo at Manchester United after his sensational homecoming
“It’s great to have him at the club and I’m sure he will have a huge impact on and off the pitch, and a lot of players can watch and learn and improve, and then of course it will improve our team as well. with his goalscoring record.
“So it’s great to have him in the club and I’m looking forward to meeting him in a few days.”
United released an interview with Ronaldo today after his homecoming was officially revealed on the day of the deadline, and the now 36-year-old has also posed in their new kit.
Speaking to the club’s internal media outlet, Ronaldo opened up about his reasons for joining Juventus, and the influence of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ronaldo, in conversation with MUTV, delved into his reasons for joining United for a second time
Sir Alex Ferguson was praised by Ronaldo in the interview after helping influence the switch
“As everyone knows, Sir Alex Ferguson has been key since I signed when I was 18,” he said MUTV.
“I remember we played against Manchester when I was at Sporting Lisbon. To me Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football to me.
“He’s helped me a lot, he’s taught me a lot of things, and of course I think he had a big part because the relationship we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an incredible person.
United captain Maguire also believes Ronaldo will help keep standards high on and off the pitch
“I like him very much and he was the main key for me to get to the position I have now, signing for Manchester United.”
Ronaldo posted an emotional message to the club on social media after signing his lucrative contract, signing: ‘PS – Sir Alex, this one is for you…’
Ronaldo was brought to United from Sporting Lisbon by Ferguson and went on to win three Premier League titles, the Champions League, one FA Cup and two League Cups.
Ronaldo scored numerous goals in his first stint and is tipped to lead United to the trophies again
He also scored 84 top-level goals in his first stint before leaving for Real Madrid, and it looks like he will hit the 100 mark before the end of the season.
He will join boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former team-mate of his, and the rest of United’s squad after the international break and can play against Newcastle.
However, it is not yet known whether Ronaldo will be able to take his iconic number 7 jersey. Edinson Cavani currently sports the song.