Manchester United has signed Ronaldo from Juventus in a sensational return to Old Trafford on a two-year deal.
The five-time Balon d’or is set to receive £480,000 per week.
Manchester United hijacked the transfer after Manchester city had pulled out the deal.
Manchester City had seemed the most likely destination for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner until Friday morning. But after a turbulent 48 hours that saw Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, hold talks with Juventus officials in Turin on Wednesday over a potential move to the Etihad Stadium, City confirmed on Friday lunchtime that they were no longer interested.
Ronaldo has less than 12 months on his contract with Juventus that is worth an estimated €31m a season after tax and we gathered that City were reluctant to pay a fee for a player who will turn 37 in February having also never agreed personal terms over a proposed two-year contract.
Manchester United players were said to be frustrated at Carrington this morning that the club hadn’t moved for Cristiano Ronaldo. Bruno Fernandes spoke to him on Thursday night. Then around 10.30 am today word began to get around that the deal was on.
There were a lot of mixed feelings surrounding Manchester United fans and former players worldwide.
Rio Ferdinand: “I rang him [Cristiano Ronaldo] straight away, ‘What’s going on? Tell me you’re lying’.”
It is understood that mufc have agreed on a deal in principle with Juventus with a view of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo. United offered €25m plus add-ons to Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United is now a done deal! Total agreements with Juventus over the fee, the 2-year contract agreed with Jorge Mendes and the player.
According to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, if you play for Manchester United, you don’t go to Manchester City.
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Ole Gunnar says when you play for Manchester United, you don’t play for Manchester City.