Manchester United announced on Friday announced they have reached a deal to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, 12 years after he left Old Trafford for Real Madrid.
“Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical,” United said in a statement.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 27, 2021
“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming
Cristiano back to Manchester.”
United’s swoop capped a tumultuous 24 hours during which
Ronaldo initially seemed poised to join rivals Manchester City.
Premier League champions City had been widely linked with a
move for the Portuguese forward after missing out on England captain Harry
However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted a deal
was in the offing during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of
Sunday’s Premier League trip to Wolves.
“Cristiano is a legend of this club, he’s the greatest
player of all time, if you ask me,” said Solskjaer, who played alongside
“We’ve always had a good communication. I know Bruno
(Fernandes) has been talking to him as well. He knows what we feel about him.
If he was ever going to move from Juventus, he knows that we’re here.”
Sky Sport Italia reported that United have offered Juve 28
million euros ($33 million), agreeing a two-year deal with the superstar
attacker worth 25 million euros per season.
Ronaldo won the first of his five Champions League titles
and was first crowned the world’s best player during six years at United
between 2003 and 2009.
In total he scored 118 goals in 292 games, also winning
three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups.
Earlier in the day, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri
confirmed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s desire to leave the Italian
“Yesterday, speaking with Cristiano, he told me that he
has no intention of staying at Juventus, for this reason he will not be picked
tomorrow. This morning he didn’t train,” said Allegri.
“He was here three years, he made his contribution, he
made himself available to Juventus and now he’s leaving. Life goes on.”
Ronaldo won two Serie A titles with Juventus, but his time
in Turin has not lived up to expectations.
He joined 2018 after scoring a remarkable 450 goals in 438
matches in a glittering nine-year spell in Madrid that also included four
Champions League triumphs.
Juventus’ hopes he would be the final piece required to end
their 25-year wait to become champions of Europe have been thwarted.
They have failed to get beyond the quarter-finals in the
past three seasons.
Last season, they were deposed as Italian champions by
fierce rivals Inter Milan and had to wait until the final day of the campaign
to secure qualification for Europe’s top club competition.
However, Ronaldo still topped the Serie A goal charts,
edging out Romelu Lukaku, who joined Chelsea this month for £97 million.
And he also rolled back the years at Euro 2020 to win the
Golden Boot despite playing just four games as Portugal bowed out at the last
United have already significantly strengthened their squad
with the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane during the transfer window
as they aim to win the Premier League for the first time since 2013.
Ronaldo joins already loaded group of attacking options for
Solskjaer featuring Fernandes, Sancho, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Anthony
Martial, Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba.