(ORDO NEWS) — English football club “Manchester United” on Friday on the official website announced the agreement with the Italian “Juventus” on the transfer of the Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo. After meeting formalities such as contract terms, obtaining a visa and undergoing a medical examination, the 36-year-old striker will return to the club, which he played for from 2003 to 2009.
The publication of Manchester United on Instagram announcing the imminent return of Ronaldo in a couple of hours has collected 8 million likes. A video saying goodbye to Juventus fans on the footballer’s page was published later, but by the time the material was released, it had collected almost 6 million likes and over 14 million views. “I will always be one of you,” he wrote, addressing the fans of the Italian club. “Now you are a part of my history, and I feel that I am a part of yours. Italy, Juventus, Turin, fans, you are forever in my heart “.
In August, the Italian media reported that Ronaldo intends to leave Juventus and his agent Jorge Mendes offered the services of his client to English Manchester City. Also in the press there were reports that the forward could go to the French PSG, which had previously signed a contract with the main antagonist of the Portuguese Lionel Messi.
On Friday, events began to develop rapidly. Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri told the club’s press office about a conversation with Ronaldo, in which the Portuguese said that he was no longer going to play for Turin. After that, journalists and insiders from around the world reported in real time about what was happening with Ronaldo. So he said goodbye to his Juventus partners, and he flew out of Turin on a private plane on a private plane.
The most likely place to continue his career was called Manchester City, but the head coach of the reigning champions of England Josep Guardiola spoke cautiously about the arrival of the star Portuguese in his team, noting that Ronaldo is among the players who are able to choose where they will play. Against this background, the words of Manchester United mentor Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer about the joint experience of playing for the club and good relations with the player looked like a sign that a return could take place. “He knows how we feel about him, if he is going somewhere, he knows how to find us,” the Norwegian specialist told the BBC. Around this time, according to journalist Samuel Luckhurst, former Manchester United head coach Alex Ferguson spoke to Ronaldo.
It is symbolic that the coach took direct part in the return of Ronaldo to Manchester United, thanks to whom the whole world started talking about the Portuguese. This story could loop if the striker helps the club, in which he became a world-class star, to win the title of the champion of England. Manchester United have not won this trophy since 2012/13, after which Alex Ferguson retired from the club and retired from his coaching career.
“Ronaldo made the right decision”
The Portuguese in each of the three seasons as part of Juventus scored more than 35 points on the “goal + pass” system (2018/19 – 39 (28 + 11), 2019/20 – 44 (37 + 7), 2020/21 – 40 (36 + 4)). Former Manchester United midfielder Andrei Kanchelskis, in a conversation with TASS, spoke positively about Ronaldo’s imminent return to the English club, noting that in England he would score at least 20 goals per season. “For a couple of seasons he will play there and make a rustle. In England he will still get dusty, there is another football, not like in Italy, more open. Ronaldo loves this kind of football,” the agency’s interlocutor said.
Kanchelskis also admitted that after signing the contract, Ronaldo will again play under the seventh number, under which the Russian midfielder played from 1991 to 1995. “I think they will give him [the seven], because it is also a business. It will be a lot of money, at one time, when Andriy Shevchenko moved from Milan to Chelsea, half of the money that was paid for him, the club beat off with paraphernalia.” , – he noted.
Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani is currently under this number for Manchester United. After the announcement of the imminent signing of a contract with Ronaldo, the journalist of the Spanish newspaper Marca Chris Winterburn announced that the South American could leave the English club. He noted that Brazilian Corinthians are a possible career option for Cavani, but the deal will depend on whether the club can sign an agreement with Arsenal midfielder Willian and whether Manchester United will demand compensation for the player.
The possible departure of Cavani looks logical not only from the point of view of the fact that the Uruguayan occupies Ronaldo’s playing number. At the moment, Solskjaer has 10 players for four positions in the starting lineup at the disposal of Solskjaer, excluding the Portuguese. The Portuguese is unlikely to be ready for the role of a rotation player and will most likely serve as a center striker. Carriers for him will be such performers as compatriot Bruno Fernandes, the 2018 world champion in the French national team Paul Pogba and the Englishman Jadon Sancho, bought this summer from the German Borussia Dortmund from Dortmund. The profile portal Transfermarkt estimates the total transfer value of Ronaldo’s support group at € 250 million.
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