The 36-year-old left Juventus for his old club hoping to retrieve the form that made him a superstar a decade ago. Manchester United has welcomed him back with open arms.

Soccer superstar C. Ronaldo came back to Manchester United, the club said on Friday, mentioning a contract with Juventus. While Ronaldo’s personal terms and visa problem are yet to be confirmed, this is seen as little more than a formality.

The Portuguese player attained fame at the north English club where he won his first Champions League and Ballon D’Or before going to Real Madrid and then Juventus.

How was the deal concluded?

C. Ronaldo, now a 36-year-old, told Juventus he wanted to vacate the Italian club, according to its coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Manchester United’s competitors, Manchester City, appeared to be poised to sign the attacker, according to Ronaldo’s agent. Moreover, the talks broke down and United zoomed in.

The club that came second in the UK’s Premier League last season did not reveal the transfer fee for Ronaldo but it was revealed to be around €25 million ($29.5 million).

“Everyone at the club looks forward to receiving Cristiano back to Manchester,” United said in a statement on Friday.

“He is the best player of all time if you ask me,” expressed United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who played with Ronaldo in his first stint at the club.

What has Ronaldo’s achievement?

The player became part of Alex Ferguson’s all-triumphing Manchester United side in 2003 as a 17-year-old and quickly rose to worldwide fame. After winning the UK league, Champions League, and his first Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo went to Spain in 2008, signing with Real Madrid for a then-world record £80 million (€93.4 million).

He then became the club’s record goalscorer in the Spanish capital.

After taking up more Champions League winning medals and Ballon d’Or awards he signed for Juventus in 2018 for 100 million euros ($117.90 million).

Moreover, he never attained the same success in Italy, failing to win the Champions League with Juventus and finally asking for a transfer with a year left on his contract.

Now Ronaldo is hoping for a sixth Ballon d’Or and another Champions League title with his Ex club. Manchester United also wishes for a return to glory days, with the club winning no major trophies since Ferguson left in 2012.

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