Over a decade after he left Manchester United for Real Madrid, superstar Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way back to the Premier League as he makes a sensational return to Old Trafford, the club have confirmed.
Last week, it was believed that Ronaldo was on the verge of an unthinkable move to United’s rivals Manchester City but, as confirmed by the Red Devil’s Twitter account, the 36-year-old football icon has rubbed stamped a return to the Premier League with his former employers.
Widely regarded as one of the best football players on the planet, Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games during his time at Manchester United, where he also won the Champions League alongside three Premier League titles before making the move to La Liga for a then record fee of £90 million.
Since then, he won the Champions League a further four times, the European Championship with Portugal and the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or award an astonishing five times.
However, rumours that the superstar was set for an astonishing move back to the top tier of English football with his former employers ignited last Friday after he was pictured boarding a private jet out of Turin, before Manchester United confirmed a deal had been reached with Juventus hours later.
It was thought City, who had been looking for a new ‘number nine’ this summer, were set to pounce for the former Juve star after the club admitted defeat in a move for Tottenham Hotspur and England captain Harry Kane. A rumoured £125 million bid was knocked back a fortnight ago and manager Pep Guardiola confirmed any move for the Spurs striker is dead in the water, with his club simply refusing to sell the player.
How much will Cristiano Ronaldo earn at Manchester United?
Ronaldo’s return to England sees him instantly become the league’s highest paid player, moving past Man City’s star Kevin De Bruyne, who earns a reported £385,000 a week. The Portugal captain would eclipse that weekly wage, commanding an expected salary of £510,000 a week, report Sun Sport.
That means his contract would see him bag approximately £24,480,000 million per year.
He will earn £127,500 per week, £72,857 per day, £3,035 per hour and £50.60 per minute. CR7 has agreed a contact of two years at Old Trafford.
What have Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said about Ronaldo’s move?
The Norwegian manager manager was delighted to confirm to the waiting media that his former team mate would be rejoining the club after hinting at the move in last Friday’s pres conference.
“He is going to make us a better team,” the United manager said.
“He’s a special boy, or man now. He was a boy when I played with him. Of course, the players are excited, some have played with him in their national team. You see the fans – they are excited. That’s what he does – he is a special player.
“He is a great player, a great human being. I’m excited to keep building this squad. He will bring something completely different.
"Hopefully Cristiano can come in and show what he has done in his career. I am sure he likes all the talk about being old. Make it personal and he will show what he can do.”
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