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Cristiano Ronaldo seals sensational return to Manchester United 12 years after leaving

Cristiano Ronaldo seals sensational return to Manchester United 12 years after leaving

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United has been confirmed.

Ronaldo passed his medical in Portugal and has joined the club on a two-year deal.

The Portuguese departs Juventus to return to Old Traffford 12 years on from the conclusion of his first stint at the club.

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Ronaldo scored 118 times in nearly 300 appearances for Manchester United before signing for Real Madrid for what was then a world-record £80 million fee.

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Five times the winner of the Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo initially signed for United under Sir Alex Ferguson, being handed the famous number seven shirt as a teenager.

He won his first Ballon d’Or after helping the club to Champions League victory in 2008.

Ronaldo had been heavily linked with a move to cross-town rivals Manchester City after making his intention to leave Juventus clear.

Indeed the forward appeared poised to join City last week in a deal brokered by influential agent Jorge Mendes.

However a number of key figures at United, including Ferguson, are understood to have contacted Ronaldo in a bid to persuade him to return to the club.

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He follows former Real Madrid teammate Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, secured from Borussia Dortmund, as high-profile signings for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this summer.

The capture of Ronaldo is a marquee addition for Solskjaer, who now boasts an enviable, varied group of attacking options.

It continues a busy, tumultuous summer for Europe’s mega-stars and mega-clubs that has also seen Lionel Messi join Paris Saint-Germain and Kylian Mbappe be linked with a move to Madrid.
“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart,” Ronaldo told the club website. “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.”

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