Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United after 12 years
Cristiano Ronaldo played for Juventus for the last three seasons, having played for Real Madrid before. It would be his second stint at Old Trafford, having played between 2003-09.
Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo has made a sensational move back to his former club Manchester United. It brought an end to his mediocre three-season spell at Juventus.
The Red Devils has reportedly offered him a two years contract worth £480,000 per week, while an official offer of €28 million is said to have been accepted by Juventus. It marks the return of the club legend after 12 years.
"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. Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester," said United in a statement.
It would be Ronaldo's second stint with United, having initially played between 2003-08. In his first stint, he had scored 118 goals in 292 matches across competitions, besides winning nine titles, including the UEFA Champions League. He also won his maiden Ballon d'Or crown with the Red Devils.
Overall, the Portuguese has scored 674 goals in 897 games across tournaments. As for his titles, it includes 29 domestic crowns and five Ballon d'Ors.
His just-concluded stint with Juventus was unsatisfactory. Although he won five domestic titles, he failed to steer the side to European glory.
Furthermore, he played the season's opening game for Juventus, during which he was benched and came on to play with 30 minutes. Also, his late winner was denied by the Video Assitant referee.
Later, he was heavily linked to a move to Manchester City. But the English champion pulled out of the race on Friday, leaving United in pursuit. The same day, Ronaldo travelled to Juventus's training ground and informed club manager Massimiliano Allegri that he had played his last game for the club and was willing to leave.
He was spotted in the Turin airport as he went to his hometown of Lisbon, where United confirmed his re-signing upon landing. He is expected to undergo medical in the city itself before travelling to Manchester to finalise the deal later next week.
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