Cristiano Ronaldo is officially a Manchester United player, the Premier League club have confirmed.
The Red Devils announced on Friday that they had reached an agreement to bring the club legend back to Old Trafford and that a two-year contract has now been signed, with the option of an additional year.
On Tuesday morning, Juventus bid farewell to Ronaldo and revealed more details on the structure of the deal to send him to Manchester United.
An upfront fee of € 15m (£ 12.86m) will be paid, plus € 8m (£ 6.86m) in potential additions over five years, meaning Ronaldo, now aged 36, will be 41 by the time the agreement is repaid.
“Manchester United are a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since Friday’s announcement,” Ronaldo told manutd.com.
“I can’t wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I can’t wait to join the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is also set to become the Premier League’s highest paid player with a salary of £ 480,000 a week.
“You lack words to describe Cristiano,” said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“He’s not only a wonderful player, but also a great human being. To have the desire and the ability to play at the highest level for such a long time requires a very special person.
“I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the young players of the squad. Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted that he is returning to home where it all began.
In their farewell message to Ronaldo, Juventus said: “On July 10, 2018 two icons of the European world and of football came together – Cristiano Ronaldo became a Juventus player.
“Today, after three years together and 133 appearances, 101 goals scored and five trophies won, this chapter is over…. The paths of CR7 and Juventus have gone their separate ways.
“That day in July, when Cristiano arrived in Turin, the electric sensation of those great days could be felt in the air.
“The Juventus fans greeted CR7 like royalty, eager to see him on the pitch and cheer him on with him. It was a great story.”
In his first stint at United, Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games and has the opportunity to add to that against Newcastle on September 11.
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