Manchester United announced on Friday that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese striker said he “no longer intends to play” with Juventus Turin, his club since 2018.
Manchester United are delighted to confirm that the club have reached an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, a transfer still subject to an agreement on the terms of the contract, obtaining a visa and the medical go-ahead , has indicated the English club in a press release.
The amount of the transfer was not specified. Juve wanted compensation of 25-30 million euros (CA $ 37-44 million).
Ronaldo played for the Red Devils from 2003 to 2009, during which time he won the English Championship three times (2007, 2008 and 2009) and scored 118 goals in 292 games.
It was also with them that he won the first of his five Champions League titles in 2008. He won the other four with Real Madrid (2009-2018), which he joined with a fee of record transfer at the time of 94 million euros.
Five-time Golden Ball and top scorer in Italian Serie A last season with 29 goals, the 36-year-old striker did not take part in Juventus training on Friday morning, settling for an express passage to the club sports center.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri later confirmed he would not be back with the squad, despite his contract still having a year to go. Less than a week ago, Allegri had yet assured that CR7 would honor his fourth and final year of contract.
Ronaldo must be thanked for what he has done, including as an example for young people. But we must move forward , said Allegri.
Today, I am leaving a fantastic club, the biggest in Italy and certainly one of the biggest in Europe , for his part declared Ronaldo on his Instagram account on Friday, after the officialization of the transfer.
“We achieved great things, not all we wanted, but we still wrote a great story together.”
– Cristiano Ronaldo
His arrival makes Manchester United one of the big favorites for the European title this season, alongside Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
The Citizens were initially approached to hire the superstar, especially since they are looking for a striker. But the Red Devils were the quickest to draw an offer that meets Juventus’ demands.
The team coached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit the market hard this summer with Jadon Sancho (85 million euros) and Raphaël Varane (40 million euros), before CR7 .
Cristiano has been a legend of this club. He’s the greatest player of all time if you ask me , said the Norwegian technician, who was his United teammate from 2003 to 2007, on Friday.
He could make his United debut after the international break on September 11 against Newcastle.
He will now have to blend in with the United collective. With his future teammates, the contact looks good. Wow, wow, wow he’s home , MU’s young frontman Marcus Rashford wrote on Twitter. Welcome home , published his Portugal team partner Bruno Fernandes.
His transfer continues a crazy summer in the transfer window which also saw his former Barça rival, Lionel Messi, land at PSG .
Juventus turns the page
On the pitch, Massimiliano Allegri has now handed over the keys to the team (and the captain’s armband) to 27-year-old Argentinian Paulo Dybala. And the future now belongs to the young people recruited in recent seasons: Federico Chiesa, Dejan Kulusevski, Manuel Locatelli, Matthijs de Ligt …
The heavy presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, almost irremovable holder and essential scorer in recent seasons (101 goals in 134 games), has sometimes been a brake on the development of a new Juventus. Coaches Maurizio Sarri (2019-20) then Andrea Pirlo (2020-21) have never succeeded in renewing the game of a team too dependent on the performances – and sometimes the moods – of CR7 .
Off the field, Ronaldo has taken the Juve brand to a new level, both in terms of global visibility and revenue from ticketing and sponsorship, with contracts revised upwards with Adidas and Jeep.
But it also weighed heavily on finances, weakened by the health crisis linked to COVID-19. It cost the club some 86 million euros (CA $ 128 million) each year, between his non-standard salary (31 million euros net, 57 million gross) and the amortization of the investment made in 2018 to do so. come from Real Madrid (115 million euros, or nearly 29 per season until 2022).
Beyond the numbers, the real disappointment of the Ronaldo-Juventus marriage remains the Champions League with three early eliminations (in the quarterfinals, then in the round of 16 twice).
But the Cup with the big ears was clearly the shared objective, between a player who dreams of winning a sixth Golden Ball to equal his great rival Lionel Messi and a club which remained on two failures in the final in 2015 and 2017.
The record tells us that Juventus gave Ronaldo more than what the big no 7 brought to the Bianconeri , the Gazzetta dello Sport said on Friday. Saying goodbye to Ronaldo is hard for everyone to digest, but if no one is really convinced, it’s best to leave immediately.
Without waiting for the officialization of the transfer, Juve has since launched in search of a new striker.