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What team is Ronaldo signing to?

Cristiano Ronaldo has re-signed for Manchester United, twelve years after leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid in one of the most sensational returns football has ever seen. The AthleticManchester United reach agreement with Juventus for Ronaldo, Mbappe latest and Premier League live news and updates

Is Ronaldo on Man City?

Manchester City will not be signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, as confirmed by several reports. ... Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Ronaldo will leave the Turin-based side before the transfer window shuts on August 31, with just one year left on his contract with the Serie A giants. Sports IllustratedMan City Pull Out of Race to Sign Cristiano Ronaldo - Man United Emerge As Favourites to Land Forward

Has Ronaldo left Juventus?

Cristiano Ronaldo said his goodbyes to his Juventus team-mates and missed training on Friday as boss Max Allegri confirmed his imminent exit from the club. ... Later on Friday, Allegri confirmed Ronaldo told him he has "no intention" to stay at the club and will not be called up for Saturday's game against Empoli. Sky SportsCristiano Ronaldo leaves Juventus training after saying goodbye to team-mates amid Man City transfer talk

How much did Juventus sign Ronaldo for?

Ronaldo, signed by Juve in 2018 for 100 million euros ($117.90 million) from Real Madrid in the hope of leading them to an elusive Champions League title, will leave the club with 101 goals, two league crowns and a Coppa Italia to his name. ReutersMan United agree deal to re-sign Ronaldo from Juventus

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Juventus' Allegri on Ronaldo, shock loss: We must move on from him

ESPN 29 August, 2021 - 01:10am

The forward has since signed to return to Old Trafford, where he left in 2009.

As per the Guardian, Ronaldo had received no firm encouragement about a potential move to Chelsea despite the approach.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has repeatedly said that he is happy with his current squad, having signed Romelu Lukaku on a club record transfer to solve the Blues' goalscoring struggles.

Tuchel's side had previously been linked with a move for Lionel Messi before his transfer to PSG but there were no rumours regarding Ronaldo as the Blues set their sights elsewhere.

The manager hinted at some potential incomings before the end of the window but Ronaldo was not one of these.

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Cristiano Ronaldo held Juventus back: just what do Manchester United see in him?

The Guardian 29 August, 2021 - 01:10am

There was a time when clubs found jobs for former players gladhanding in corporate hospitality. Manchester United have gone much further. With Ole Gunnar Solskjær installed as manager and Cristiano Ronaldo up front, you wonder which other former greats can be brought back to the Old Trafford theme park. Martin Edwards in the boardroom? Gary Bailey back in nets? The toothpick-chewing ghost of Billy Meredith on the wing? A labyrinthodon who once roamed Newton Heath let loose on the shabby concourse?

But that fondness clouds the judgment – as is made clear by all those delighted tweets celebrating the return of the king. It is no different to all those unwilling to contemplate criticising Solskjær on the grounds that outsiders cannot understand what he means to United fans. Perhaps not – although all clubs have their heroes – but that does not make him a good manager. Wishful thinking may bump up the share price, but it never won trophies.

There may even be celebration that United have pinched Ronaldo from City, just as there was when they swooped to prevent Alexis Sánchez moving to the Etihad – and look how that worked out. Ronaldo is so unsuited to City, who seemingly were only ever interested in a free transfer for all their apparent need for a central goalscorer, as to raise the mischievous thought that this has worked out rather well for them, saddling a rival with an ageing player who will drain resources and disrupt tactical development. Call it the Sánchez Protocol.

And what does this mean for Mason Greenwood, who after excelling in the opening game of the season, suddenly finds an additional and expensive obstacle between him and regular first-team football? United’s future is in danger of being blocked by the ghosts of its glorious past.

Three years ago, Juventus paid £100m for a 33-year-old and gave him a basic salary of £26.6m a year, a deal that must rank as one of the worst in history. Ronaldo was signed to take Juventus, who had lost in two Champions League finals in the previous four seasons, to European glory. Instead they lost in the quarter-final to Ajax, then in the last 16 to Lyon, then in the last 16 to Porto.

Juve had won seven scudetti in a row before Ronaldo arrived. They won it again in their first two seasons with him, but finished fourth last year. He scored 81 league goals in three seasons, but Ronaldo made Juventus a worse football team.

Not only has his relative immobility, his reluctance to contribute to the press – he was in the bottom 2% of forwards in Europe’s top five leagues in terms of pressures per 90 minutes last season – held Juve back tactically, but the money spent on him has weakened the rest of the squad. There is a reason Juve were so willing to offload him now.

Ronaldo will, almost certainly, score goals, but goals were not a problem for United. Last season they were the second-top scorers in the Premier League, and scored more than anybody else in their Champions League group, but still finished second. They already have a highly gifted thirtysomething goalscorer in Edinson Cavani. Their problem is constructing the attacking moves that can overwhelm stubborn defences. Ronaldo will not help with that and it is hard to see how he will fit tactically; United have admitted they never expected Juve to sell and so he was not part of their plans.

But Ronaldo is content – more than one million retweets of the confirmation of his signing in the first hour – and elite clubs these days are first and foremost content producers. This is Paul Robinson coming back to Neighbours or Dirty Den returning to EastEnders. It is great for the narrative. There will be heightened interest. Social media engagements will go through the roof. Ed Woodward will get to churn out impressive-sounding numbers on the shareholders’ conference call. Devising and implementing a philosophy is boring. It takes ages.

Celebrity in football is the enemy of coherence and in modern football coherence is what denotes the very best from the rest. Perhaps United fans will simply be happy to be reminded of more successful days, but it is hard to see how Ronaldo takes them any closer to mounting a serious title challenge. Rather this is a whimsical signing that fits the pattern of short-term crowd-pleasing that has characterised much of the eight years since Alex Ferguson retired.

Nothing has been learned and United look doomed to drift on in the shadows of their past greatness.

A decision from the heart: It had to be Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo 29 August, 2021 - 01:10am

Back to where he became a star

In his first spell at Manchester United, Ronaldo won everything he could, including the Champions League and the Ballon d'Or in 2008. Twelve years after he left to become a Real Madrid Galactico in a world-record transfer, the Portuguese star is back at Old Trafford.

Despite being linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, it had to be United for Ronaldo. If joining one of the biggest sports clubs on the planet can really be described as romantic, this move certainly has something more wholesome about it.

Ronaldo came through the ranks of the famous Sporting academy and made his professional debut for the Lions, but it was in Manchester that he really made his name and became a star worldwide. This move, therefore, has a sort or back-to-his-origins vibe for Ronaldo.

The dynamics of English and European football have shifted somewhat, too. Manchester United remain a mighty institution with huge financial power, but economically they are overshadowed by City and PSG, while domestically they have lost their standing somewhat and are no longer the feared outfit who won trophies on a regular basis.

The hope for fans, club and Ronaldo alike, of course, is that his homecoming will be a boost on and off the field, one that repairs some of the damage done since first he and then Sir Alex Ferguson left.

In the Portuguese forward's latter three years at Old Trafford, the Red Devils won three straight Premier League titles and reached at least the semi-finals of the Champions League in each of those seasons.

In the 12 seasons since then, United have won the Premier League just twice and only gone as far as the semi-finals of the Champions League once, in 2011, when they finished as runners-up.

Recently, the club has been even more starved of success. Since that last league win in 2013, Manchester United have won just three major trophies and none since 2017. For a club so accustomed to success in Ronaldo's first spell and the preceding decade, such a record is almost unthinkable.

Ronaldo returns, therefore, with a clear mission. That, together with his connection and history with the club, make this move a little more special.

In an era of super-rich, state-backed clubs, we are in the slightly bizarre scenario where signing for Manchester United might be the romantic option. This is no fairy tale, of course and Ronaldo will be the best paid player in England, but in returning to Old Trafford he has shown that loyalty and the heart can still have a role in modern football.

Opinion: Why Kean might be the ideal new signing for Juventus -

JuveFC 28 August, 2021 - 11:30am

During the past week, football fans bear witness for an incredible soap opera that ended up with Cristiano Ronaldo joining Manchester United twelve years after he left them for Real Madrid.

For Juventus fans, analyzing the Portuguese’s time at the club and taking the time to talk about what would have been is fruitless at this point. Right now, it’s time to look forward.

Coincidentally, looking forward could intertwine with the past in this particular case. The Red Devils have their Golden Boy back, and the Old Lady could be about to welcome back her own lost son.

When the Bianconeri sold Moise Kean to Everton in 2019, the deal made zero sense for the club’s supporters. The Juventus youth product was coming off his breakthrough season, and whether it was Fabio Paratici’s decision or Maurizio Sarri’s call, both men have left Turin, paving the way for the club to rectify an old mistake.

Claiming that Kean would be an adequate replacement for Ronaldo would simply be a dubious statement, and comparing the up-and-coming striker to a five-time Ballon d’Or wouldn’t be fair either player.

However, with his pace, finishing touch and strong physical presence, the Italian international can provide a different layer for Juve’s attack. With CR7 gone, Max Allegri can once again build his team around Paulo Dybala.

Before the Portuguese’s arrival in 2018, La Joya was enjoying his best years at the club, with the 2017/18 arguably being his most impressive. And yet, the manager was somewhat forced to drop him at times in the following season, as he found it hard to accommodate him alongside the man who became the main attraction in Turin.

Therefore, with the Argentine regaining his physical form (knock on wood), Juventus still possess one of the most talented players in world football. And let’s not forget about Federico Chiesa’s impact from the wing.

Nonetheless, Dybala always needed a battling force alongside him in attack. Mario Mandzukic perhaps rings a bell. Kean might not be Ronaldo’s like-for-like replacement, but he might just be the player that Allegri seeks, and more importantly the teammate that Dybala needs.

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