Christian Ronald, the world-renowned footballer, is hitting the headlines again after news emerged he was leaving his current club Juventus. News of the 36-year old leaving his current club first appeared online on Thursday, causing a stir globally as speculations were rive about his next stop. At the time, news outlets immediately mentioned several clubs in the English Premier League to be among the high-profile teams seeking the services of the striker.
After a night of confusion, it emerged that the two contenders in the race to sign the player were Manchester City and Manchester United, two rival clubs. At that time, Ronaldo had already informed his former club that he had no intention of staying for the new season. Furthermore, Juventus’s boss Max Allegri told reporters that Christiano had informed him of leaving the club.
On Friday, Ronaldo spent nearly two hours at Continassa, Juventus training ground, to clear his locker. He also bid his teammates goodbye before boarding a private jet to Lisbon. Meanwhile, in England, negotiations were underway between Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes and the clubs. As things became clearer, it became apparent that Ronaldo was leaving Juventus and would feature in the team’s next game against Empoli.
Juventus fans flocked to social media to express their dissatisfaction with Ronaldo’s exit. After three years of playing for the club and helping them clinch One Coppa Italia, a Super Cup, and two league titles, the fans expected a contract renewal. Instead, after a £105 million transfer fee in 2018, he has played 134 games scoring 101 goals. Ronaldo’s performance at the club has been something that fans were expecting to continue.
Meanwhile, at their Juventus settled down, it emerged that Manchester City was pulling out the race to sign the player. After careful consideration, City released a statement saying they were convinced that the former United player was not what they currently needed. The announcement made it apparent that United remained as the only club left wanting to sign Ronaldo. Before midday, the club stated that the club had given his agent Mendes the official transfer and contract documents pending negotiations on personal terms, medical checks, and visas.
The club soon broke the news of the agreement on their social media platforms. Immediately after the information, social media was abuzz. United fans welcomed their former player after a 12-year stint outside Old Trafford. United players were not left behind all taking to social media to hail his return to the club, which many consider his cradle after playing six successful seasons. However, the club announced the transfer deal is subject to agreement of personal terms.
Many United fans sighed a relief that he was not going to City, their arch-rival in football. Others expressed a sense of nostalgia as they reminisced the brilliant moments Ronaldo had at the club. They expectant the signing will improve the club’s performance this season after a streak of unsuccessful seasons.