MANCHESTER UNITED: Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United after a 12-year absence on Tuesday, saying the club has always held a “special place in my heart.”
Last Friday, United revealed that they had reached a deal with Juventus to recruit the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, and he has now completed his medical examination and signed a two-year contract with the option to extend for another year.
Juventus will be paid a price of 15 million euros ($17.75 million) over five years. The 36-year-old forward’s contract might be increased by 8 million euros ($9.5 million) if he meets “certain performance criteria.”
“Manchester United has always held a particular place in my heart, and the comments I’ve received since the announcement on Friday have been overwhelming,” Ronaldo added.
“After all the times I went back to play against United, and even as an opponent, to constantly feel such love and respect from the fans in the stands, it’s like a dream come true.
“I can’t wait to play in front of a packed stadium and see all the supporters again at Old Trafford. I’m excited to rejoin the team after the international games, and I’m looking forward to a strong season ahead.”
Ronaldo has won the English Premier League three times with Manchester United, although the team hasn’t won it since 2013.
During his first time at United, the Portugal captain scored 118 goals in 292 games, winning his first Ballon d’Or and Champions League titles, as well as one FA Cup and two League Cups.
Since 2008, when Ronaldo scored in the final against Chelsea in Moscow, the English heavyweights have not won the Champions League.
Real Madrid won two La Liga titles and four Champions League titles during his tenure there, as well as four more Ballon d’Or honours, and he finished his time there as the club’s all-time leading scorer with 451 goals.
Ronaldo’s experience in Italy, on the other hand, serves as a reminder that even his goal-scoring brilliance does not ensure success in Europe.
Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018 for a fee of 100 million euros in the hopes of helping the Italian club win their first Champions League title since 1996.