After leaving Manchester United in great form 12 years ago and winning their third consecutive league title, Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to return to a club that is struggling to regain its glorious days.
He says he will never go back, but United fans have been yearning for a reunion with Ronaldo for years, in the saddest hope of anything else.
Ronaldo’s return to England could have sparked much controversy among United if the Portugal forward had been on the verge of joining rivals Manchester City.
Instead, subject to personal conditions, visas and medical clearance, Ronaldo will return to the club that made him the winner of the Ballon d’Or in 2003, less than five years after his young age. At home and abroad
Between the start of his Premier League career in August 2003 and his last appearance in May 2009, only Thierry Henry scored more goals (92) than Ronaldo’s 84. United have scored 52 goals in 52 Champions League matches, including eight during their 2007-08 victory campaign. Only Ruud van Nistelrooy has ever scored more goals in a single Champions League campaign for the club in the final against Chelsea.
Even after leaving the club, Ronaldo has been a favorite of fans at United. When he returned to Manchester with Real Madrid in 2013, Ronaldo refused to celebrate after scoring the winner at Old Trafford to take United out of the Champions League. He received great applause from United supporters, who sang his name throughout the match.
Ronaldo has often spoken in the bright words of his time at United and called former manager Alex Ferguson his “father in football”. According to British media reports, Ferguson, who is now retired but still a director at the club, had a hand in moving Ronaldo to the city and talking to Old Trafford instead. Former defender Rio Ferdinand also claimed that he had called Ronaldo to stop him from joining Pep Guardiola.
Today’s United will present the impressive Ronaldo with a different challenge when he becomes the league champions in 2003.
After an impressive transfer window that also saw Jadoon Sancho and Rafael Varane coming, there is new hope that this could be the year of United.
“Ronaldo is coming to win trophies, personal accolades, to set the Premier League on fire,” former defender Gary Newell told Sky Sports.
“It’s a different Ronaldo, everyone expected that. “United may be better but may end up in a lower position. But the news gives me more hope that they can have a good season.”
But not everyone is convinced. Ronaldo did not get what he wanted to do at Juventus and win the Champions League. During his three years at Turin, Joe did not progress after the last eight in the competition.
United reported 25 million euros (.4 29.48 million) and a weekly wage of 480,000 pounds (60 660,768.00) is a significant investment for 36 years of service. But United fans will not care about any of this. He scored an over to give his great rivals City one of their desired goals, one that could fill the void left by the departure of all-time top goal scorer Sergio Aguero, and play back his ugly son. Where they think he belongs. .