After just three seasons at The Italian Serie A side, Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo Rejoins Manchester United. The latest news is that the 36-year-old Portuguese, who many rates the most talented footballer on the world soccer stage. He just successfully completed his medical ahead of the move.
Ronaldo is returning to Old Trafford and the Red Devils. The team and the stadium that nursed and watched him blossom into one of the game’s best-ever players. The matches he won for Manchester United see him in Sportingbet’s selection as one of the greatest 11 Premier League players, alongside Didier Drogba, Paul Scholes, David Silva, and Kevin De Bruyne.
It is understood that United will be paying €15 million (£12.87 million) plus an additional €8 million (£6.86 million). In terms of add-ons for the man who immortalized CR7, making it his and his alone.
In 2003, the then 18-year-old Ronaldo first joined Manchester United from the Portuguese Primeira Liga side, Sporting CP, for a fee of £17.10 million. What an absolute bargain that turned out to be. In the six years, he was a Man U player, he made 292 appearances and scored 118 goals.
In July 2009, the Portuguese striker left Manchester United, heading for Real Madrid. By this time, he was already being talked about as one of the best players in the world, and the move came as no big surprise. The transfer fee was £86.4 million, and it was the start of a new chapter in the footballing life of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Having been groomed at Manchester United, Ronaldo was to reach the peak of his powers in a nine-year stay with Los Blancos. He made 438 appearances and scored 451 goals. Today, he remains the leading goal scorer of all time at the Santiago Bernabéu, and it’s unlikely anyone will ever beat that record.
His achievements with Los Blancos include:
- 4 European Cups
- 3 Club World Cups
- 3 UEFA Super Cups
- 2 La Liga Titles
- 2 Copas del Rey
- 2 Spanish Super Cups
The other records this soccer superstar claimed while at Real Madrid included becoming the club’s top goalscorer in Champions League competitions with 105 goals. He is also the leading marksman in La Liga, with 313 goals, and scored three or more goals on single occasions more times than any other player in La Liga in 34 instances. He also scored more goals in one season (61) than any other Los Blancos player. Here is a Youtube video of some of his best.
News that Cristiano Ronaldo is rejoining his old club has gone down a storm. At United’s weekend game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, United fans sang, “Viva Ronaldo, running down the wing, hear United sing, viva Ronaldo,” ahead of his arrival, and David Gea, United’s goalkeeper, said it would be like a dream to have him back in the side.
Let’s hope he can live up to the expectation.