The five-time Ballon d’Or returns to the club where he first appeared before joining Real Madrid. The transfer window has gotten a little crazier.
The great return. Five years after the “Pogback“, it’s a comeback otherwise more resounding than has just acted Manchester United. Twelve years after leaving the club for Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Old Trafford. Where it all began, at the dawn of a career that took him to the top. Now 36, the Portuguese is back in England to pick up on a story that many thought was over.
Debauched by Real Madrid against 94 million euros, the former most expensive player in the world is now much cheaper, since he would be transferred against some 25 million euros according to several sources. An amount that would allow Juventus Turin to recoup for a player that it had yet bought 117 million euros in 2018. A brutal end of history for the one who will have failed in his quest for a Champions League with a third club. Party on the anonymity of an exit from the bench at Udinese last weekend (2-2), the Portuguese returns to take the light where he revealed himself.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring goals at Juventus Turin
His first Ballon d’Or
More than the exchanges with his partner Bruno Fernandes, it is a morning discussion with his former mentor, Sir Alex Ferguson, which would have sealed the case, heard in barely a day. The appeal for the Theater of Dreams was too strong for Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined the club in 2003 at the age of 18 from Sporting Portugal, where the Madeira native had honed his training. 118 goals in 292 matches later, the one who took up the torch of the famous number 7 from Le Mans, now owned by Edinson Cavani, who had already wanted to keep him at the expense of Jadon, Sancho, the now ex-flagship recruit of the transfer window of the Red Devils.
There is no doubt that to renew the thread of his glorious personal history with United, Ronaldo will find his favorite number, the one on which he has built his commercial brand. The one with whom he gleaned three league titles in a row between 2007 and 2009, a period when he experienced his first peaks with a first Champions League, where he scored his own goal in the final, and a first The Golden Ball is the highlight.
Still baptized as a traitor Thursday
Titles as strong as the images he will have engraved in the minds of the Mancunian people. Before joining Real, Ronaldo panicked the Premier League defenses or the free-kick walls every weekend, at a time when the images did not yet tour the planet. Quite the opposite of his return, which should be followed in mondovision in proportions similar to the premiere of Leo Messi with PSG. The sense of history will have earned the two men a change of scenery a few weeks apart, as if they were doomed to continue to make their rivalry an endless soap opera.
While Kylian Mbappé is announced at Real Madrid, this 2021 transfer window has definitely entered football history. A transfer market where anything can happen, where an arrival of CR7 at rival Manchester City has even been mentioned. Mancunian supporters have not hesitated to shout all the evil they thought of the one who has long refused to celebrate his goals against the club that revealed it. But the fivefold Ballon d’Or passed in a few hours from “traitorTo the recovered Old Trafford idol.