After an extremely turbulent Friday with several twists and turns, Cristiano Ronaldo’s new and old employer is certain: It is indeed Manchester United. How is the step for CR7 itself to be assessed? What sporting influence can he still have on the island? And was your time at Juve a disappointment?
SPOX and Goal illuminate the transfer from three different perspectives.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from CR7’s perspective
“Welcome Home”. It only took two words to set off an avalanche in the football world in the form of a tweet on Friday afternoon. And beyond. Golf superstar and United fan Rory McIlroy revealed on the sidelines of a tournament in the USA that he cried for joy – because of CR7.
So United announced the return of the prodigal son, the future teammates can hardly wait for the imminent arrival of the Messiah – subject to medical examinations, visas and final contract details.
Was it exactly this appreciation that Ronaldo has lacked in Turin in recent months (see also point 3), where his contract was actually still valid for one year? Already at the season opener against Udine, when CR7 came on after an hour, it became clear that there is already movement behind the scenes – even if coach Massimiliano Allegri justified the reserve role of his superstar with a physical need to catch up.
A few days later the tablecloth was finally cut, on Thursday Ronaldo informed the bosses of his final change request. They replied that a transfer should not be free of charge under any circumstances, CR7 consultant Jorge Mendes could at this time, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport do not mention a specific offer from another club. A sign that the savior status of the Portuguese is a thing of the past (comment).
Ronaldo to United: About going back to old love
But despite a downright measly transfer fee by today’s standards – United pays according to information from SPOX and goal 15 million euros plus up to eight million euros in bonus payments for the 36-year-old – the applicants were by no means standing in line. Ex-club Real have other priorities with Kylian Mbappe, so the focus was on England, more precisely on Manchester.
Despite all football romance, the decision to join United was ultimately much less romantic than die-hard fans of the Red Devils would like. Consultant Mendes asked his clients for information from SPOX and goalat Rivale City in the summer. Ronaldo was ready for a move despite earlier confessions never to appear for the Skyblues.
However, they turned their attention to Spurs star Harry Kane. Only when his obligation could not be realized, CR7 had to serve as plan B. On Friday, the Cityzens withdrew completely from poker, the way to United was free – to where he rose to global mega-star between 2003 and 2009 and prompted Real Madrid to move 94 million euros to the industrial city in north-west England transfer.
So there can be no question of an emotional gut decision, even if ex-United coach Sir Alex Ferguson played a decisive role in the change. But that shouldn’t matter to the red-blooded fans of the Red Devils after Ronaldo’s first gala at the latest.