Man United confirm Ronaldo's arrival on a two-year deal
Premier League giants Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo on a two-year contract with the option to extend for a further year, subject to international clearance.
Cristiano is the first player to win leagues in three different countries, 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.
Reacting to his return to Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to the club's official website, manutd.com: “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.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who played with Ronaldo in his first spell at the club is delighted to have him back at Old Trafford. The Norwegian manager began his coaching career as part of Sir Alex Ferguson's backroom staff and worked with Ronaldo in 2008.
The Manchester United boss 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.”
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 country.
Ronaldo is with the Portugal squad on international duty as the former European champions begin their FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He will join the rest of the Manchester United squad after the international break and make his second debut for the club against Newcastle United.