MANCHESTER: Cristiano Ronaldo has said he is back in his place after joining Manchester United from Juventus on Tuesday on a two-year contract, with the forward dedicating the transfer to his mentor Alex Ferguson.
United announced that they had reached a deal with Juventus to bring the 36-year-old back to Manchester last week, with the transfer now complete after the Portuguese striker underwent a medical examination, obtained a visa and agreed to terms personal.
“Everyone who knows me knows my endless love for Manchester United. The years I have spent at this absolutely incredible club and the path we have forged together are written in gold letters in the history of this great and incredible institution, ”he wrote on Instagram.
“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. “
Juve said the agreed transfer fee was € 15million (RM73.7million) plus € 8million (RM39million) in performance-related add-ons as Ronaldo returns to the club where he won eight major trophies from 2003 to 2009.
“My first National League, my first Cup, my first call to the Portuguese national team, my first Champions League, my first Golden Boot and my first Balloon of Or, they were all born out of that special connection between me and the Red Devils, ”added Ronaldo, who has spent the past 12 years winning a plethora of trophies at Real Madrid and Juventus.
“History was written in the past and history will be written again! You have my word!
“I’m back in my place. Let’s make it happen again … Sir Alex, this one is for you. “
Ferguson signed Ronaldo as a teenager in 2003 and British media reported last week that the Scotsman convinced Ronaldo to return to United.
Ronaldo has often spoken highly of his time at the club and has previously described Ferguson as his “father in football”.
The club responded to the message saying, “Welcome home, Cristiano.”
Ronaldo is expected to join the squad after the international break and could make his first start on September 11 when they host Newcastle United, if he returns unscathed from his duties with Portugal.
He spent six seasons at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009, where he won the Golden ball as the world’s best player in 2008 alongside his team’s accolades, before setting a world record of £ 80million (RM459million) at Real Madrid.
In his first stint at Manchester, he scored 118 goals and won the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2007-08 season, the year Ronaldo helped United to their last Champions League title.
He went on to win two La Liga titles and four Champions League titles with Real Madrid, along with four more. Golden ball awards, ending his stint at the Spanish club as the all-time top scorer with 451 goals.
Ronaldo was signed by Juventus in 2018 for 100million euros (RM492million) from Real Madrid in hopes he could help the Italian side win their first Champions League title since 1996.
Although that goal never materialized, Ronaldo left Turin with 101 goals, two league titles and a triumph in Coppa Italia.
He informed Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri that he wanted to leave the club last week. The Serie A club confirmed their departure earlier on Tuesday.
Italian and English media have said that the striker’s agent Jorge Mendes has agreed on personal terms with Premier League champions Manchester City.
But in the end, it was United who secured his services, creating a lot of enthusiasm around the club.
“You lack words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a wonderful player, but also a great human being,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.
“To have the desire and the ability to play at the highest level for such a long time requires a very special person.”
United goalkeeper David de Gea has said it would be a “dream” for Ronaldo to return to the club. Former captain Roy Keane has said the 36-year-old is a “born winner”. – Reuters