Ronaldo, who had been playing for Italian team Juventus FC, is set to return to the storied English Premier League club pending the completion of a physical and other details.
“Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical,” the team said in a statement. “Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”
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Reactions to Ronaldo’s move reverberated around the sporting and wider worlds, and many took to Twitter TWTR, +1.31% to share their thoughts, including his soon-to-be Manchester United teammates Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently said that “you’d love to have Cristiano on your team,” as rumors of the transfer spread across the soccer world.
“Cristiano is a legend of this club. He’s the greatest player of all time, if you ask me,” Solskjaer later added.
The Jamaican sprinter famously identified as the “fastest man on Earth” — Usain Bolt — also appeared excited about the move.
Members of the press and the Premier League’s official twitter account also weighed in on the Ronaldo news.
The move for Ronaldo comes in the wake of fellow La Liga legend and longtime rival Lionel Messi’s recent departure from Spain’s FC Barcelona for the deep-pocketed French club Paris Saint-Germain.
Ronaldo has earned at least $1 billion during his playing career. Messi is said to have been paid well more than a half-billion euros between 2017 and 2021 alone.