Cristiano Ronaldo completed his return to Manchester United on Tuesday after 12 years, saying the club always had “a special place in my heart.”
An agreement was reached with Juventus over Ronaldo’s transfer on Friday, and one of soccer’s most stunning deals in years was completed on Tuesday — the final day of European soccer’s summer transfer window — after a medical examination.
A fee of 15 million euros ($17.75 million) will be paid to Juventus over five years. That could be increased by 8 million euros depending on “specific performance objectives” the 36-year-old forward achieves.
The 36-year-old has dedicated his return to his mentor Sir Alex Ferguson, after re-joined Manchester United from Juventus on a two-year deal.
Ronaldo on his Instagram page wrote his “never-ending love” for United and that he was “back where I belong”.
He wrote: “I can’t even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide.
“It’s like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Man. United, and even as an opponent, have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands.”
A title winner with Real Madrid and Juventus, Ronaldo won the English Premier League three times with United but the club hasn’t won the title since 2013.
“My first domestic League, my first Cup, my first call to the Portuguese National team, my first Champions League, my first Golden Boot, and my first Ballon d’Or, they were all born from this special connection between me and the Red Devils,” said Ronaldo, who spent the last 12 years winning a glut of trophies at Real Madrid and Juventus.
“History has been written in the past and history will be written once again! You have my word!
“I’m back where I belong. Let’s make it happen once again… Sir Alex, this one is for you.”