Manchester United have completed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.
The Portuguese previously played for Man Utd between 2003 and 2009 before completing a world-record transfer to Real Madrid.
In his first spell with the club, he developed into one of the world’s finest players which led to a Ballon d’Or win in 2008.
“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 confirmed via a statement.
Ronaldo is thought to have signed a two-year deal with the club and will cost them €28 million.
On Friday, Juventus confirmed that Ronaldo had asked to leave Turin before the end of the transfer window, with head coach Massimiliano Allegri saying: “I spoke to Cristiano yesterday and he told me he has no intention of staying so he has not trained today and won’t be called up for tomorrow.
“Ronaldo should be thanked for everything he’s done, including the example he has set to our young players. But as I said, we need to move on.”
Prior to those comments from Allegri, there were strong rumours circulating that Manchester City, not Man Utd, were the club looking to bring Ronaldo back to the Premier League.
However, by Friday afternoon BBC Sport had confirmed that Man City had turned down the opportunity to sign Ronaldo, even though they have also missed out on Tottenham striker Harry Kane this summer.
Ronaldo joins a star-studded attacking roster at Man Utd which includes Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and new signing Jadon Sancho.
Why did Ronaldo leave Juventus?
Ronaldo may remain one of the best players in the world despite now being 36 years of age, but Juventus were reportedly keen to move him on to get his exorbitant wages off the salary bill, as he allegedly earns more than most of the Juventus squad combined.
The player himself also wanted to leave, and previously requested agent Jorge Mendes to find him a new club.
For the opening Serie A match of the season versus Udinese on Sunday, Ronaldo was left on the bench, though he did come on and score as the Bianconeri could only manage a 2-2 draw.
On Friday, before the announcement from Juventus, he had missed training with the club.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo return or join Manchester United?
Yes! Man Utd have already completed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.