Cristiano Ronaldo has completed a reported €25 million deal to “return home” after 12 years. The Portuguese football icon on Friday left Serie A and Juventus to be back with Manchester United, where he had been a key striker between 2003 and 2o09.
After a day-long speculation, Manchester United finally confirmed that Ronaldo will be reuniting with the Old Trafford-based outfit.
Speculation about Ronaldo’s exit from Juventus had started after he was unexpectedly omitted from the starting line-up for the Serie A season opener against Udinese. On Wednesday he left the team’s training session, citing an arm injury. A day later, it was confirmed that he is on his way out from Juventus after 134 outings and 101 goals.
Juventus had roped in Ronaldo in 2018. The club had the contract till 2022. He had moved to Juventus after an illustrious stint with La Liga giants Real Madrid, where he had won two La Liga and four Champions League titles.
Till the time Manchester United confirmed that Ronaldo has been re-signed, the day went in speculation that the football legend was going to Manchester City.
And, then ManU formally announced “Welcome home, @Cristiano”. It is homecoming after 13 years. The the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will now extend his journey with the Reds beyond his previous stats of 118 goals and 292 games.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 27, 2021
Ronaldo, according to The Guardian, is expected to sign a two-year deal.
“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,” the ManU message on social media read. “Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five Uefa Champions League titles, four Fifa Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal. In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games. Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”
Ronaldo still had around 12 months left on his contract with Juventus, worth an estimated €31m a season after tax. It is understood City were reluctant to pay a fee for a player who will turn 37 in February, having also never agreed personal terms over a proposed two-year contract.