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Manchester United formally announced
the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus on
Tuesday with the agreement of a two-year contract with an option for
a third season.
Ronaldo, who previously played for the
Red Devils from 2003 through 2009, posted a statement on Instagram
about his “never-ending love for Manchester United” while away on
international duty with the Portugal national team:
“I can’t even start to explain my
feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced
worldwide. It’s like a dream come true, after all the times that I
went back to play against Man United, and even as an opponent, to
have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the
stands. This is absolutely 100 percent the stuff that dreams are made
“My first domestic League, my first
Cup, my first call to the Portuguese national team, my first
Champions League, my first Golden Boot and my first Ballon d’Or, they
were all born from this special connection between me and the Red
Devils. History has been written in the past and history will be
written once again! You have my word!”
He concluded the message by saying: “I’m right here! I’m back where I belong! Let’s make it happen once
again! P.S.—Sir Alex [Ferguson], this one is for you…”
The announcement of his contract with
United comes after Juventus confirmed the Premier League side paid a
€23 million ($27 million) transfer fee for the 36-year-old superstar, which is
payable over five years, per ESPN.
“The unforgettable moments
experienced together were many. We could recite them and relive them,
but it would not help, because everyone has their own special memory
linked to CR7,” Juve said as part of a goodbye statement to Ronaldo.
His return to Old Trafford came
together last week after he was left out of the Juventus
squad to face Empoli, which provided a major hint his tenure with the
Italian club was coming to a close.
After initial reports suggested
Manchester City were the front-runners to land the five-time Ballon
d’Or winner, United moved in to secure a reunion with the football
Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
said he has “no doubt” Ronaldo will continue to perform at a high
level while also help younger players in the squad.
“You run out of words to describe
Cristiano,” Solskjaer said in the club’s announcement. “He is not
only a marvelous player but also a great human being. To have the
desire and the ability to play at the top level for such a long
period requires a very special person.”
It’ll be a little while before Ronaldo
plays the first match of his second United stint, though.
Portugal have three matches during the
international window starting Wednesday with a World Cup qualifier
against Ireland. That’s followed by a friendly against Qatar on
Saturday and another Would Cup qualification match next Tuesday when
it takes on Azerbaijan.
Manchester United’s next match is Sept.
11 against Newcastle United, which will likely serve as Ronaldo’s
reintroduction to the Old Trafford faithful.
United are third in the Premier League
table in the early going with two wins and a draw from their first