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Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the biggest football superstars of the 21st century without any slightest doubt. Being one of the greatest is already the probable reason why many football fans call him the “GOAT.”
This superstar has played 1080 matches in total for the club and country and has scored 790 goals. He has also provided 227 assists in the meantime.
Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for the most appearances in the UEFA champions league (178), beating his former teammate Iker Casillas (177).
Today, we are going to talk about what his return means for the Manchester United fans? To find out, we have to go to the past where it all started.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Impressive Performance Against Manchester United
On 6 August 2003, on the occasion of the opening ceremony of Estádio José Alvalade, a match was played between Sporting CP and Manchester United.
In the game, Manchester United’s superb pre-season winning streak was broken by Ronaldo’s club. They won the match by (3-1), but the show’s highlight was an 18 years old young boy from Portugal, caught in the eyes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United fans. This majestic guy was Cristiano Ronaldo.
Transfer from Sporting to Manchester United
After the defeat against Sporting CP, every united fan demanded to bring Ronaldo to Old Trafford. Sir Alex started the negotiation with Ronaldo and the club.
They wanted him as soon as possible, and then, finally, Sir Alex agreed to pay £12.24 million to bring the fan’s favorite boy to Old Trafford, the player he considered to be “The Most Exciting Young Talent” he had seen in his football career. Cristiano Ronaldo became a United player when he signed before the 2003-04 season. His transfer fee of £12.24 million made him the most expensive teenage player in Premier League at that time.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Development
Ronaldo’s development was done under the shadow of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. He received the Squad Number 7 shirt, which was previously worn by club legends like George Best, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham. This is the key element of his development.
“CR7” as a Superstar and Fan’s Favourite
In a short time, “CR7” became the fan’s favorite because he won everything both individually and as a team player. He scored 118 goals for Manchester United, out of which 91 goals in his last 3 seasons for the English club.
During his era at Old Trafford, Manchester United won 3 premier league titles,1 FA cup, 2 football league cups, and the last but most important UEFA champions league in 2008, in which he was the top scorer of the tournament.
As an individual, he won the most significant award in football which is FIFA Ballon d’Or, in 2008 and also won FIFA world’s best player of the year award, European golden shoe, PFA player of the year twice, Premier League Player of the season twice and Premier League golden boot. It means he won everything for his boyhood club. It would not be wrong to say that he is and will remain the darling of Manchester united.
He left Manchester but the Love of the Fans Became Everlasting
After a memorable 2008 season, Ronaldo ended his time at Manchester with 9 trophies as he wanted to play for his dream club, Real Madrid.
The superstar left the club, but manchester fans never forgot his services and always loved and supported him wherever he went. They always dreamt of his comeback to his second home, the Old Trafford.
Dream Comes True
A much-awaited dream finally came into existence for Manchester United Fans this summer. 2021 would be termed as the Craziest Transfer Window that has ever existed. From Messi joining PSG and becoming a teammate of Sergio Ramos ( who was his biggest rival in Spain), to Ronaldo returning to Manchester United, this has been a roller coaster ride for the football fans and it will surely be remembered for a very, very long time!.
Cristiano’s transfer saga started on 22 August 2021. He started the first game on the bench for Juventus, coming on as a substitute against Udinese. As per the Manager, it was his decision due to Ronaldo’s fitness, but the reports came that he would depart the club before the transfer window’s closure.
Ronaldo’s manager Jorge Mendes reached a verbal agreement with Manchester City over personal terms on 26 August. This news broke the internet, and United fans became angry with Ronaldo; how could he join their rival club and started to hate him. After all this drama, City pulled out of the deal the following day due to the overall cost of the transfer.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Return to Manchester United
On August 27, the news that every United fan wanted to hear finally arrived. Manchester United announce that they had reached an agreement to re-signing Ronaldo from Juventus. Sir Alex Ferguson played a major role in his transfer as he and former United Players were the ones who convinced this elite player to return to United. The initial transfer fee was reported to be £12.85 million with a two-year contract plus an optional year.
Response of Fans on His Arrival
The Fans were delighted after his transfer. As per the stats, the first 24 hours of Ronaldo’s shirt sales broke the record following a transfer and surpassed Messi, reaching a record-breaking £187 Million.
What does the return of Cristiano Ronaldo mean for MU Fans?
It meant the world to them! Seeing a young boy coming in at the age of 18 ruling hearts since then. Achieving each and everything in front of them. He left one day to accomplish his dream And became the number 1 footballer in the world.
Now he’s back where he belongs. His heart lies with the Red Devils. The fans are more than happy to see him in a red shirt again, as they were waiting for years just for this moment of joy. Fans loved him when he was a star in the making in the early days of his career, and they love him more now even though he is aging fast, but that doesn’t seem to bother them at all.
The return of Ronaldo brings Sir Alex Ferguson’s era’s vibes to Old Trafford, which they’ve been missing since his departure. It boosts fan’s morale to support their club and root for them to win silverware, which they have been badly missing in the past few seasons.
Then He returns
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Written by Ibtaihaj Yousuf and Aliyan Khan