Man United and Juventus Have Reached an Agreement to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo

During his time at United, from 2003 and 2009, Ronaldo, 36, was the first player to be named world player of the year.

Manchester United has announced that it has reached an agreement with Juventus to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford for Real Madrid 12 years ago.

“Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical,” United said in a statement on Friday.

“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”

The financial details of the transfer were not disclosed, but Sky Sport Italia reported that United has offered Juve 28 million euros ($33m), agreeing on a two-year deal with the attacker worth 25 million euros ($29.5m) per season.

Ronaldo won the first of his five Champions League titles and was first crowned the world’s best player during six years at United between 2003 and 2009.

In total he scored 118 goals in 292 games, also winning three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups.

United’s swoop capped a tumultuous 24 hours during which Ronaldo initially seemed poised to join rivals Manchester City.

Premier League champions City had been widely linked with a move for the Portuguese forward after missing out on England captain Harry Kane.

However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted a deal was in the offing during his pre-match news conference on Friday before Sunday’s Premier League trip to Wolves.

“Cristiano is a legend of this club, he’s the greatest player of all time, if you ask me,” said Solskjaer, who played alongside Ronaldo.

“We’ve always had a good communication. I know Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well. He knows what we feel about him. If he was ever going to move from Juventus, he knows that we’re here.”

It is the latest blockbuster move of the transfer window, with Lionel Messi – Ronaldo’s longtime rival – having joined Paris Saint-Germain after his contract at Barcelona expired.

PSG forward Kylian Mbappe is also the subject of a bid of about 160 million euros ($188m) from Real Madrid.

‘Life goes on’

Ronaldo had one year left on his contract at Juventus.

Earlier on Friday, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s desire to leave the Italian giants.

“Yesterday, speaking with Cristiano, he told me that he has no intention of staying at Juventus. For this reason, he will not be picked tomorrow. This morning he didn’t train,” said Allegri.

“He was here three years, he made his contribution, he made himself available to Juventus and now he’s leaving. Life goes on.”

Ronaldo won two Serie A titles with Juventus, but his time in Turin has not lived up to expectations.

He joined in 2018 after scoring a remarkable 450 goals in 438 matches in a glittering nine-year spell at Real Madrid that also included four Champions League triumphs.

Juventus’ hopes that he would be the missing element in their quest to become European champions after a 25-year wait were dashed.

In the previous three seasons, they have never advanced past the quarter-finals.

They were dethroned as Italian champions by arch rivals Inter Milan last season, and had to wait until the penultimate day of the season to qualify for Europe’s top club championship.

Despite this, Ronaldo topped the Serie A goal lists, edging out Romelu Lukaku, who joined Chelsea for 97 million pounds ($133.5 million) this month.

He also went back in time at Euro 2020, winning the Golden Boot despite only appearing in four games as Portugal crashed out in the last 16.

During the transfer window, United considerably bolstered its roster with the additions of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane as it seeks to win the Premier League for the first time since 2013.

Ronaldo joins Fernandes, Sancho, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, and Paul Pogba in a collection of attacking possibilities for Solskjaer that already includes Fernandes, Sancho, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, and Paul Pogba.

Source: AL JAZEERA

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