Manchester United confirm Cristiano Ronaldo transfer | DAZN News US

Manchester United have announced the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.

A deal in principle was agreed last Friday with Juventus, but the arrangement has now been finalised.

The 36-year-old striker is on international duty with Portugal ahead of a round of games with his national team, and he will link up with United for their next Premier League game.

Ronaldo had been linked with United’s cross-city rivals, Manchester City, as they missed out on Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane. However an intervention from assorted former United players persuaded him to return to his former club.

Ronaldo first played for United in 2003 after moving from Sporting Lisbon, before joining Real Madrid. From Real he then spent two seasons at Juventus, but has now returned to the club where he made his name.

On Manchester United’s website, the club confirmed:

“Manchester United is delighted to confirm the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo on a two-year contract with the option to extend for a further year, subject to international clearance.

“Cristiano, a five-time Ballon D’or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the UEFA European Championship for his native Portugal. Cristiano is the first player to have won league titles in England, Spain and Italy. He was also the highest goalscorer in last season’s Serie A and won the golden boot at this year’s European Championship. In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.

“Ronaldo said: ‘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. I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I'm looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.’

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:

“You run out of words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a marvellous player, but also a great human being. To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level for such a long period requires a very special person. 

“I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the younger players in the squad. Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted he is coming home to where it all started.”

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