The Portuguese superstar is back at the English Premier League club after 12 years.
English football club Manchester United say they have completed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus for 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 has announced last week they have reached an agreement with the Italian giants to bring the 36-year-old striker back to Manchester. The transfer was completed on Tuesday after Ronaldo passed a medical examination, secured a visa and agreed on personal terms.
A fee of 15 million euros ($ 17.75 million) will be paid to Juventus over five years. It could be increased by 8 million euros ($ 9.5 million), depending on the ‘specific performance targets’ that Ronaldo achieves.
“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday,” Ronaldo said in a statement.
‘I can not wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I look forward to joining the team after the international matches, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead. ”
Ronaldo will join the team after the international break and can make his first start on September 11 when they host Newcastle United.
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Ronaldo, a title winner from Real Madrid and Juventus, has won the Premier League with United three times, but the club has not won the title since 2013.
‘You run out of words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a great player, but also a great man, ‘said Ole Gunnar Solskjær, manager of United.
“To have the desire and the ability to play at the highest level for so long requires a very special person.”
United goalkeeper David de Gea said it would be a ‘dream’ to have Ronaldo back at 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 best player in the world in 2008 with his team, before setting a world record record of 80 million pounds (110.24) million) to Real Madrid.
During his first season at Manchester, he scored 118 goals and won the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2007-2008 season, the year he helped United win their last Champions League title.