Manchester United announced today, Friday, the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the team, after leaving the club 12 years ago.
Manchester United reached an agreement with Juventus to transfer the player, pending agreement on personal terms, obtaining a visa and passing a medical examination. Ronald had informed Juventus of his desire to leave the team.
“Everyone in the club is looking forward to welcoming Ronaldo back to Manchester,” Manchester United said on its official website.
According to media reports, Ronaldo will sign a two-year contract, and Manchester United will pay the Italian club 15 million euros ($17.3 million) in addition to 8 million euros in additional incentives.
And through his account on the “Instagram” website, Ronaldo wrote a farewell message to Juventus, in which he said: “I gave my heart and soul to Juventus, and I will always love Turin until my last days. The fans always respected me and tried to thank them for this respect by fighting for them in every match, every season, every competition.
“In the end, we can look back and realize that we achieved great things, not everything we wanted, but we made a beautiful story together.”
According to media reports, Manchester City was in the process of signing the player, but the team coached by Pep Guardiola abandoned the negotiations.
Ronaldo got his first title in the Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, when he was named the best player in the world by the International Football Association (FIFA) and also won the Golden Ball award.
Ronaldo moved to Manchester United from Sporting Portugal. In his first spell with Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 matches, winning the League title three times and the Club World Cup in 2008.
Ronaldo left Manchester United in 2009 to move to Real Madrid for 94 million euros. At the time, it was the most expensive deal in football history.
Ronaldo played for Real Madrid for nine years and won the Champions League four times before moving to Juventus.
With the Italian club, he was expected to bring Juventus the first title in the European Champions League since 1996, but he failed in this task, and left the team after finishing fourth in the Italian League last season.
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