Cristiano Ronaldo has re-signed for Manchester United on a two-year contract with the choice to increase for an additional yr.
United introduced they had reached an agreement with Juventus for the 36-year-old ahead to return to Outdated Trafford on Friday.
The Premier League membership can pay €15m (£12.9m) plus an additional €8m (£6.9m) in add-ons for the Portugal captain, who accomplished a medical in Lisbon over the weekend.
Ronaldo scored 118 targets in 292 video games for United between 2003 and 2009, successful three Premier League titles, the Champions League, the FA Cup and two League Cups.
“Manchester United is a membership that has all the time had a particular place in my coronary heart, and I’ve been overwhelmed by all of the messages I’ve acquired for the reason that announcement on Friday,” Ronaldo mentioned.
“I can’t wait to play at Outdated Trafford in entrance of a full stadium and see all of the followers once more. I am trying ahead to becoming a member of up with the group after the worldwide video games, and I hope we have now a really profitable season forward.”
Supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who performed with Ronaldo throughout his earlier spell at United, added: “You run out of phrases to explain Cristiano.
“He isn’t solely a marvellous participant, but additionally an ideal human being. To have the will and the flexibility to play on the prime stage for such a protracted interval requires a really particular individual. I’ve little question that he’ll proceed to impress us all and his expertise shall be so important for the youthful gamers within the squad.
“Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the distinctive enchantment of this membership and I’m completely delighted he’s coming house to the place it began.”
‘PS – Sir Alex, this one is for you…’
“Everybody who is aware of me, is aware of about my by no means ending love for Manchester United,” Ronaldo mentioned on Instagram. “The years I spent on this membership have been completely superb and the trail we have made collectively is written in gold letters within the historical past of this nice and superb establishment.
“I am unable to even begin to clarify my emotions proper now, as I see my return to Outdated Trafford introduced worldwide. It is like a dream come true, after all of the occasions that I went again to play in opposition to Man. United, and at the same time as an opponent, to have all the time felt such love and respect from the supporters within the stands. That is completely 100 per cent the stuff that desires are manufactured from!
“My first home League, my first Cup, my first name to the Portuguese Nationwide group, my first Champions League, my first Golden Boot and my first Ballon d’Or, they have been all born from this particular connection between me and the Pink Devils. Historical past has been written prior to now and historical past shall be written as soon as once more! You’ve got my phrase!
“I am proper right here! I am again the place I belong! Let’s make it occur as soon as once more!
“PS – Sir Alex, this one is for you…”
I am proper right here! I am again the place I belong! Let’s make it occur as soon as once more! PS – Sir Alex, this one is for you…
The Important Soccer Podcast takes a deep dive into Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United – what should Solskjaer be cautious of to make his return successful?
Sky Sports activities’ Nick Wright:
Ronaldo is undoubtedly a special participant from the one who left Outdated Trafford greater than a decade in the past however even at 36 years outdated, he stays an distinctive goalscorer.
His output is not on the extraordinary heights of his peak years at Actual Madrid, the place he usually surpassed the 50-goal mark, however he leaves Juventus having netted 101 occasions in 134 video games for the Italian giants at a median of almost 34 per season.
Ronaldo was unable to stop them from slumping to a fourth-place end final season however there was a Coppa Italia triumph so as to add to the back-to-back Serie A titles he gained within the earlier two campaigns and he was no much less prolific in entrance of objective.
In reality, his complete of 29 Serie A targets put him 5 away from anybody else within the division. Throughout Europe’s main leagues, solely two gamers – Lionel Messi (30) and Robert Lewandowski (41) – scored extra.
Ronaldo’s main trophies
- 5x Champions League
- 3x Premier League
- 2x La Liga
- 2x Serie A
- 1x European Championship
- 1x FA Cup
- 2x League Cup
- 4x FIFA Membership World Cup
- 2x Copa del Rey
- 1x Coppa Italia
- 1x UEFA Nations League
- 2x UEFA Tremendous Cup
Ronaldo adopted up these home scoring exploits with a five-goal haul for Portugal at Euro 2020, eclipsing Miroslav Klose because the top-scoring participant at World Cups and European Championships and equalling the all-time worldwide scoring document on 109 targets.
Age has not blunted his goalscoring instincts. In reality, he has scored extra occasions within the final three seasons in Italy than he did within the closing three of his first stint with Manchester United.
He stays remarkably strong for a participant of his age too. Throughout his three full seasons in Turin, Ronaldo featured in 85 per cent of Juventus’ Serie A fixtures and a fair greater proportion of their Champions League video games.
The numbers will encourage Solskjaer and United that he has lots left to supply. Ronaldo turns 37 in February however he stays one of many world’s greatest gamers. And crucially, for a aspect which wants extra of them, he nonetheless brings a assure of targets too.