Cristiano Ronaldo is close to rejoining Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo is closing in on a sensational return to Manchester United.
Old Trafford chiefs have agreed a deal with Juventus for the Portugal superstar — 12 years after he left for Real Madrid.
Ronaldo netted 118 goals in 292 games for United, winning numerous trophies along the way, but has since transformed himself into a goalscoring machine.
He is set to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad as the Red Devils look to usurp neighbours Manchester City and win the Premier League for the first time since 2012-13.
A club statement said: “Manchester United are delighted to confirm the club have reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.
“Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.
“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”
Ronaldo, 36, had been tipped to move to the Etihad but is now set to pull on the red of United again.
Confirming his exit from Juve, he wrote on Instagram: “Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe.
“I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.
“The ‘tifosi bianconeri’ always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition.
“In the end, we can all look back and realise that we achieved great things. Not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.Cristiano Ronaldo has waved goodbye to Serie A giants Juventus
“I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours.
“Italy, Juve, Turin, tifosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart.”
Ronaldo scored 15 goals in 52 Champions League appearances for United, including eight during their victorious 2007-08 campaign, scoring in the final against Chelsea.
As well as being a five-time winner, Ronaldo leads the way for goals in the history of the Champions League, scoring 134 in 176 games.
During his first spell at Old Trafford, the Portuguese scored more Premier League goals against Aston Villa than he did against any other side, netting eight times in 12 appearances.
Ronaldo is the only United player to score more than 30 goals in a season in Premier League history (31 in 2007-08).
To date, he has netted 57 hat-tricks for club and country.