Ronaldo eyes more Manchester United history after ‘dream’ return
Cristiano Ronaldo has said he has “endless love” for Manchester United after sealing his return to Old Trafford from Juventus on Tuesday.
United have secured the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for an initial € 15million that could rise to € 23million ($ 27million, £ 20million) according to figures released by the Italian club.
The 36-year-old has signed a two-year contract with an option to extend that deal for another season.
Ronaldo made a name for himself on the world stage in six years at United between 2003 and 2009 before moving to Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of £ 80million.
The Portugal captain scored 118 goals in 292 games in his first stint at United, winning his first Ballon d’Or and Champions League title, as well as three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two European Cups. League.
Everyone who knows me knows my endless love for Manchester United. The years I spent in this club where …
Posted by Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday, August 31, 2021
“This is absolutely 100% what dreams are made of,” Ronaldo posted on Instagram.
“Everyone who knows me knows my endless love for Manchester United. The years I have spent at this club have been absolutely incredible and the path we have forged together is written in golden letters in the history of this club. great and amazing institution.
“I can’t even begin to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced around the world.
“It’s like a dream come true after all the times I’ve gone back to play against Man. United, and even as an opponent, to have always felt so much love and respect from the supporters in the stands.
Ronaldo is set to make his second United debut at home against Newcastle on September 11.
But United support was already delusional on his imminent arrival as they chanted his name and waved a cardboard cutout from Ronaldo in a 1-0 win over Wolves on Sunday.
“History was written in the past and history will be written again! Ronaldo added. “You have my word! I’m here! I’m back in my place! Let’s make it happen once more!”
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played alongside his new star during his previous stay in England, but it was his former boss Alex Ferguson who played a big role in convincing Ronaldo to return to the club despite the interest of Premier League champions Manchester City.
“Sir Alex, this one is for you,” Ronaldo said.
Pressure on Solskjaer
The investment in Ronaldo, who is set to become the Premier League’s highest-paid player, puts pressure on Solskjaer to end his wait to win a major trophy since taking over the Red Devils in December 2018.
United have also signed Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammate Raphael Varane to bolster their defense and have shelled out £ 73million to bring 21-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in their quest to win a first title. Premier League since 2013.
“Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted that he is returning to where it all began,” said Solskjaer.
Solskjaer’s men took seven points in their first three Premier League games to be two points behind leaders Tottenham.
The English giants have not won the Champions League since 2008, when Ronaldo scored in the final against Chelsea in Moscow.
However, Ronaldo’s experience in Italy serves as a warning that even his scoring prowess does not provide a guarantee of success in Europe.
In their three seasons in Turin, Juve have never made it past the Champions League quarter-finals – crashing to much less well-endowed opposition in Ajax, Lyon and Porto.
Inter Milan also ended Juventus’ nine-year grip on Serie A last season.
However, Ronaldo still dominated the Serie A goalscoring table last season and moved back the years to Euro 2020 to win the Golden Boot despite just four games as Portugal lost in the last 16. .
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