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Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Manchester United

Last updated on: August 27, 2021 22:20 IST
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IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Manchester United's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion, at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, England, on January 27, 2009. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Manchester United have agreed a deal to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, the Premier League club announced on Friday, the transfer subject to the agreement of personal terms, visa and a medical.

 

The Portugal forward is headed back to the club where he won eight major trophies from 2003-2009.

Financial details were not disclosed but British and Italian media said United would buy Ronaldo for 25 million euros on a two-year deal.

A statement from Premier League club on Friday evening read: “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 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.

Ronaldo, signed by Juve in 2018 for 100 million euros ($117.90 million) from Real Madrid in the hope of leading them to an elusive Champions League title, will leave the club with 101 goals, two league crowns and a Coppa Italia to his name.

The 36-year-old won the Ballon d'Or as the world's best player in 2008 at United alongside his team accolades, before sealing a then world record 80 million pounds move to Madrid.

After telling Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri on Thursday of his desire to leave Turin, widespread media reports claimed Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, had agreed personal terms with Premier League champions Manchester City.

But after City were said to have had a change of heart over the deal, rivals United got the transfer agreed.

Ronaldo spent six seasons at Old Trafford from 2003-2009 where he won eight major trophies plus the Ballon d'Or as the world's best player in 2008 before sealing a then world record 80 million pounds move to Real Madrid.

At United, he scored 118 goals and won the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2007-08 season, the year he helped the Old Trafford club claim their last Champions League title.

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