Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer saga is over.
Manchester United reached an agreement with Juventus for the superstar forward’s transfer.
The deal returns Ronaldo, 36, to Old Trafford 12 years after he left the Premier League to join Real Madrid. Ronaldo will sign a two-year contract, a 15 million euros ($17.7 million) deal with the potential for 8 million euros more ($9.4 million) in add-ons, ESPN reported.
In a statement, Manchester United said it is “delighted to confirm” his signing and that “everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”
The announcement concludes the series of rumors surrounding Ronaldo’s future.
While Ronaldo was previously reported to return to Manchester, it was to in-town rivals Manchester City. ESPN had reported that Ronaldo and City manager Pep Guardiola had spoken on the phone Thursday morning.
On Friday City backed out of the chase, and United swooped in.
Ronaldo did not train with Juventus Friday. Instead, he was on a private jet, and Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri later confirmed Ronaldo had asked to leave the club before the transfer deadline on Aug. 31.
“Yesterday, Cristiano Ronaldo communicated to me that he has no intention of remaining at Juventus,” Allegri told a news conference earlier this month. “For this reason, he has not been selected.”
As rumors circulated this summer, Ronaldo posted a message to his verified Instagram account on Aug. 17 calling speculation about his future “disrespectful.”
His transfer is another seismic shift in European soccer’s balance of power. This transfer window already featured shattering news when Lionel Messi left the only club he’s played for, Barcelona, for Paris Saint-Germain.
Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018 after nine seasons with Real Madrid. He transferred to Madrid 2009 after six seasons at Manchester United. It was there under Alex Ferguson’s management that Ronaldo became a global icon. During that spell, he scored 118 goals in 292 games and won nine trophies.
Ronaldo is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner who has won more than 30 major trophies during his career. His résumé, includes five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for Portugal.
According to FB Reference, Ronaldo has scored 479 goals in his 611 appearances in domestic campaigns.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Cristiano Ronaldo rejoining Manchester United after transfer agreement
Source: Yahoo Sports