Cristiano Ronaldo finally lands in Manchester after his sensational return to Old Trafford from Juventus – with technical director and former team-mate Darren Fletcher on the catwalk to welcome him!
- United announced the dramatic signing of the Portuguese attacker last week
- Ronaldo, widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, wears number 7
- United face a shortage of replica shirts with fans desperate for kits
- Excitement is feverish over the 36-year-old’s arrival in the Premier League
- And he has now landed in England after being discharged from his international service
Cristiano Ronaldo has landed in England after his return to Manchester United from Juventus was confirmed last week.
The attacker, widely regarded as one of the best in the world, will now return to Old Trafford after his £19.8 million transfer from the Italian giants was completed on the day of the transfer deadline.
And Ronaldo landed at Manchester Airport on Thursday evening, where the club hoped he can make his second debut at home against Newcastle on September 11.
Cristiano Ronaldo (above) landed in Manchester after Juventus signing last week
Red Devils star returned early from international service after suspension
Ronaldo was on international duty with Portugal, scoring two dramatic late goals in the 89th and 96th minutes to beat Ireland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
That double saw him pass Ali Daei and become the highest international goalscorer of all time, scoring an astonishing 110 and no signs of slowing down despite being 36.
However, he picked up a yellow card at the Estadio Algarve, which put him out of the game in Azerbaijan on Tuesday – and national team coach Fernando Santos allowed him to leave the set-up early.
Manchester United finally confirmed the Portuguese attacker’s arrival on the day of the transfer deadline
Ronaldo’s former teammate and Red Devils technical director Darren Fletcher personally welcomed him and his family at a private terminal.
The new signing will begin training next week with his new colleagues at Carrington under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was a team-mate with Ronaldo during the Portuguese’s first spell at the club between 2003 and 2009.
He then left United for Real Madrid for a then world record £80million, cementing himself as one of the best players in the world and joining the conversation as the best of all time.
He was welcomed by former United teammate and technical director Darren Fletcher (left)
The now 36-year-old (center) played alongside Fletcher (right) in his first stint at United
After the signing, Ronaldo told the United website: ‘I have a fantastic history with this great club. I was there at the age of 18 and of course I am so happy to be back home after 12 years. So I’m very happy and looking forward to starting my first game.
“It’s the best decision I’ve made. It’s a new chapter, I’m so happy and happy, and I want to go on again, make history, try to help Manchester achieve great results, win trophies and number one of those, win great things.
“As I said before, I’m in Manchester to help the team get results and the coach can count on me for what he wants. So I’m available for anything.’