Transfer Saga of Two Rivals From Manchester Over: Ronaldo Returns to United After 12 Years
Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Manchester United for a second time after arriving from Juventus, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday, August 31. The contract is for two years, with the option to extend for another year if international clearance is obtained.
Earlier on transfer deadline day, which was on Tuesday, the Serie A club revealed the financial terms of the contract, which include a maximum payment of €23 million spread over five years. By the time the final installment from Manchester United is due, the Portuguese star will be 41 years old.
Ronaldo: “Everyone Knows About My Never-Ending Love for United”
“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I’ve been overwhelmed by all the messages I’ve received since the announcement on Friday. I can’t wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead,” Ronaldo said after the transfer became official.
Later on Tuesday, Ronaldo shared more details on his comeback to the club on Instagram, posting: “Everyone who knows me knows about my never-ending love for Manchester United. The years I spent in this club were absolutely amazing and the path we’ve made together is written in gold letters in the history of this great and amazing institution. I can’t even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide. It’s like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Man United, and even as an opponent, to have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands. This is absolutely 100% the stuff that dreams are made of! My first domestic League, my first Cup, my first call to the Portuguese National Team, my first Champions League, my first Golden Boot, and my first Ballon d’Or, they were all born from this special connection between me and the Red Devils. History has been written in the past and history will be written once again! You have my word! I’m right here! I’m back where I belong! Let’s make it happen once again! PS – Sir Alex, this one is for you…”
Key Moment: City Pulls Out of Deal
The news on Tuesday putting an end to a transfer saga in which Ronaldo was on the verge of joining United’s archrivals, Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s team switched their attention to Ronaldo when their top target, Harry Kane, decided to stay at Tottenham Hotspur, according to several media. Allegedly, City withdrew their offer, allowing the 36-year-old to rejoin United.
“You run out of words to describe Cristiano. He isn’t only a marvelous player, but also a great human being. To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level for such a long period requires a very special person. I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the younger players in the squad. Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I’m absolutely delighted he’s coming home to where it all started,” stated Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
United’s Announcement Broke Instagram Record for Number of Likes of Sports Team’s Post
On Friday, United announced that a deal for Ronaldo had been reached, by which their chances of winning the Premier League are drastically increasing at bookmakers with no deposit bonuses. When the ‘Red Devils’ posted a photo of his comeback on its official Instagram account, it set a new record and drove the internet into a frenzy. United’s Instagram post announcing Ronaldo’s return has at one point received over 12 million likes, making it the most liked post by a sports team on the famous social networking platform. For the uninitiated, Ronaldo has a staggering 337 million Instagram followers. United, on the other hand, is still one of the most popular teams in the world, with over 46 million fans.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner made his Premier League debut as an 18-year-old in 2003, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League before joining Real Madrid for a then-world-record sum of £80 million in 2009. Ronaldo won the Champions League four more times with Real Madrid, as well as La Liga thrice, before joining Juventus in 2018, where he won two Serie A titles in three seasons. Ronaldo’s six Ballon d’Or wins are second only to Lionel Messi’s, but he has the most Champions League titles of any player in the contemporary era with five.