Manchester United is pleased to announce that the club has established an agreement with Juventus for Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer, subject to personal agreements, visa and medical approval. According to ESPN sources, Cristiano Ronaldo has left Juventus and will return to Manchester United in a €15 million deal with a potential €8 million in add-ons.
The 36-year-old will return to Old Trafford after departing in 2009 to join Real Madrid, where he played, until joining Juventus in 2018. Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has won about 30 major trophies in his career, including five UEFA Champions League championships, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven English, Spanish, and Italian league titles, and the European Championship for his home Portugal.
He first moved to United from Portuguese club Sporting CP in 2003. He scored 118 goals in 292 appearances during his first stint with Manchester United. In the six years that followed, he quickly established himself as one of the world’s most lethal attackers, receiving the first of his five FIFA global player of the year honors.
The Portugal star then moved to Real Madrid for a then-world-record sum of £80 million in 2009, but he will now make an emotional homecoming. Ronaldo’s agents were reportedly gauging interest from some of Europe’s top teams in June, ahead of his probable exit from Juventus this summer after three years in Italy.
Manchester City was one of the teams who looked into the prospect, but sources informed ESPN on Friday that they had dropped out of the competition.
Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he spoke with his former Manchester United teammate, urging with him not to transfer to the Etihad Stadium.
On Thursday night, talks between Ronaldo, Manchester United, and Juventus began.
On Friday, Ronaldo did not practice with Juventus and instead flew out of Italy on a private plane. Later, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri revealed that Ronaldo had requested to leave the club before the Aug. 31 transfer deadline.
On Twitter, United presented a montage of Ronaldo from his former playing days at the club with the words: “Welcome home, @Cristiano.”
It is the latest gigantic move of the transfer season, coming only two weeks after Lionel Messi, Ronaldo’s long-time adversary, joined Paris Saint-Germain when his contract at Barcelona ended. Real Madrid is also interested in PSG striker Kylian Mbappe.
The red devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former teammate of Ronaldo’s, stated, “He is without a doubt the best player of all time.”