Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo will return to England to play for the team for which he was once a legend.
Manchester United said Friday it had reached an agreement to bring the 36-year-old Portugal forward back to Old Trafford, where the famous club play.
“Manchester United is pleased to confirm that the club has reached an agreement with Juventus to bring in Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to certain personal agreements, visa requirements and medical test results,” the statement read.
Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has won more than 30 trophies in his career, including five Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, as well as seven league titles in England, Spain, Italy; and the European Championship for Portugal.
“When he first played for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games. Everyone at this club is looking forward to Cristiano’s return to Manchester,” the statement added.
Ronaldo last Thursday (26/8) said he no longer wanted to play for Juventus in the Italian League.
Details of Ronaldo’s transfer move have not been officially announced. But the Associated Press news agency reported the transfer fee would be $29.5 million.
Ronaldo has one year remaining on his contract with Juventus. While his contract with Manchester United is for two years.
Cristiano Ronaldo played for Manchester United in 2003-2009, and then played for Spanish team Real Madrid, before moving to Juventus.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who played alongside Ronaldo at the club, said: “If you ask me, he is the greatest player of all time.” He added, “Like any other extraordinary human being, everyone who plays with him also sees his weak points.”
There is no doubt that Manchester United are hoping Ronaldo can help the team win the Premier League championship, something they haven’t achieved since 2013. [em/pp]