Why did Cristiano Ronaldo choose Manchester United? Fans hail 'greatest transfer of all time'

Manchester United confirmed that the club has reached an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo

                            Why did Cristiano Ronaldo choose Manchester United? Fans hail 'greatest transfer of all time'
Ronaldo has less than 12 months of his contract left with Juventus(Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Football fanatics could never have braced themselves for the twist went down Friday, August 27, when Ronaldo, who was seemingly headed to a transfer with Manchester City, apparently reunited with Manchester United. After much speculation, Manchester United in their official statement on Friday, August 27, said that they're "delighted to confirm" Ronaldo's return to the club.

"Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical, " the official statement said. "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 European Championship for his native Portugal. In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games. Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester, " the statement further added.


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Cristiano Ronaldo (Tibor Illyes - Pool/Getty Images)


Ronaldo, who has less than 12 months of his contract with Juventus that is worth an estimated €31m a season, said in a statement, "Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe. I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days. The 'tiffosi bianconeri' always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition. In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together. I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, tiffosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart." Ronaldo is expected to sign a two-year deal with Machester United as the club agreed to pay an initial €21 million to the Italian club plus up to €3 million in bonuses. 

'Glad he didn't go to Man City'

Fans seemed pretty excited about Ronaldo's return to Manchester United. One fan wrote, "Are you kidding me?!? That's good for the club.... I'm just glad he didn't go to Man City." Another tweeted, "Incredible summer for Man United. Sancho, Varane, Ronaldo. Ronaldo will bring world-class quality, goals and attacking threat, winning mentality and experience. He's a leader who can help develop and inspire younger players. Top scorer in Serie A past two seasons." One tweet read, "Ronaldo at 36 is joining the best and most competitive league in the world. Wish you best of luck the greatest of all the time." Another fan commented, "Cristiano Ronaldo back to MUFC announcement has crashed Manchester United site. That’s how transfer is done. GOAT #MUFC" One fan tweeted, "Top 2 greatest transfers Of All Time 1. Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid 2. Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United "






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