Manchester United have roped in their golden boy, Cristiano Ronaldo, from Juventus. The forward is returning to Old Trafford after 12 years.
Both, the football legend and the club, have confirmed reaching the agreements in social media posts.
United will reportedly pay Juventus €15m (£12.8m) plus €8m (£6.8m) in add-ons for Cristiano, who has signed a two-year deal to play under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Cristiano played for six years at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson before leaving in 2009. He scored 118 goals in 292 games and helped United win three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.
The club reportedly hijacked Manchester City’s attempt to sign the Number 7. He was heavily linked with Pep Guardiola’s side until Manchester United stepped in with the paperwork.
Rio Ferdinand was one of the few football stars who had an encrypted message for the football fans before United’s official announcement.
The former United defender had dropped the hint about the club’s move to swoop in their former star forward.
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Once the deal was made public, Ferdinand told FIVE: “It’s a beautiful day, man, and when it’s a beautiful day you have got to wear shades.”
“Sir Alex Ferguson would have been the exact same; he would have hated to see Cristiano in a Man City shirt, just like any other person that’s been connected for a long period of time at this football club.”
On the other hand, Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano’s Portugal national team teammate, has joked about being credited for acting as the middleman between the striker and the club.
He had another message to the football world – never stop dreaming.
Ex-World’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, took to Twitter to welcome the United golden boy.
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 27, 2021
Edwin Van der Sar also welcomes his former teammate. He wrote that imagining Cristiano back at Old Trafford felt like a dream merely.
— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) August 27, 2021
Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and Harry Maguire also welcomed Cristiano on Twitter.
In a farewell post to the Old Lady in Italy, Cristiano has penned a heartfelt note.
“Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe. I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.
“The ‘Tifosi Bianconeri’ always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition. In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.
“I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, Tifosi Bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart.”
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Solskjaer said he never felt like the Number 7 will part ways with Juventus.
He also credited Bruno for talking to Cristiano about the transfer.
“I didn’t think Cristiano was going to leave Juventus. It has been speculation this morning and the last few days of course,” the United boss said. “We have always had good communication. I know Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well.”
He added: “[Cristiano] knows what we feel about him and if he was ever going to move away from Juventus he knows we are here.”