Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Manchester United | Football news

The Portuguese superstar is back at the English Premier League club after 12 years.

English football club Manchester United have announced that they have finalized the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus on a two-year contract, with the Portuguese superstar returning to the side where he won eight major trophies from 2003 to 2009.

The Premier League club announced last week that they had reached a deal with the Italian giants to bring the 36-year-old forward back to Manchester. The transfer ended on Tuesday after Ronaldo passed a medical exam, obtained a visa and agreed to personal terms.

A fee of 15 million euros ($ 17.75 million) will be paid to Juventus over five years. This could be increased by 8 million euros ($ 9.5 million) depending on the “specific performance targets” achieved by Ronaldo.

“Manchester United are a club that have always had a special place in my heart and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since Friday’s announcement,” Ronaldo said in a statement.

β€œI can’t wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I can’t wait to join the team after the international games and hope we have a very successful season ahead.

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.

Title winner with Real Madrid and Juventus, Ronaldo has won the Premier League three times with United but the club has not won the title since 2013.

“You lack words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a wonderful player, but also a wonderful 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 described him as a “born winner”.

Ronaldo spent six seasons at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009, where he won the Ballon d’Or as the world’s best player in 2008 alongside his team’s accolades, before setting a world record of Β£ 80million ($ 110.24 million) at Real Madrid. .

In his first stint at Manchester, he scored 118 goals and won the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2007-2008 season, the year he helped United to their last Champions League title.

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