Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United forward says he's so happy to be home and wants to create more history

Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his delight to be back “home” at Manchester United and is hungry to create more history with the club.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s return to Old Trafford was made official on Tuesday morning, as he signed a two-year deal with the option to extend for a further year.

Ronaldo scored a total of 551 club goals across spells at Real Madrid and Juventus after leaving United in 2009, and in an interview with the club, the 36-year-old said it is now the right moment for him to return.

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Ronaldo told the official Manchester United website: “I have a fantastic history with this amazing club. I was there at 18 years old and of course I’m so happy to be back home after 12 years. So I’m really glad and looking forward to starting my first game.

“I think it’s the best decision that I have made. It’s right on point in my opinion.


“I moved from Juve now to Manchester, it’s a new chapter, I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things.”

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The Portugal star also spoke of his strong relationship with former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, adding that they still talk regularly and the influence the Scot had on his career is something he will always be thankful for.

“As everybody knows, since I signed for Manchester [United] at 18, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key,” he said.

“I remember when we played against Manchester when I was at Sporting Lisbon. For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football for me.

“He helped me a lot, he taught me many things, and in my opinion of course he had a big role because the relationship that we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an unbelievable person. I really like him a lot and he was the main key for me to be in the position that I am, that I signed for Manchester United.”

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Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford with the club failing to win a trophy in four consecutive seasons, having recently suffered penalty shootout heartache against Villarreal in the Europa League final last campaign.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to end that drought, stating he did not wish to feel that pain experienced in Gdansk again, and Ronaldo is eager to help the side return to winning trophies.

Speaking about his new manager, Ronaldo added: “I played with him for two or three years at Manchester United so I have a good relationship with him but now with a different role, I’m a player and he’s a coach.

“But it doesn’t matter, my relationship with him is great and as I say before, I’m there in Manchester to help the team achieve his results and the coach can count on me for whatever he wants. So I’m available for everything.”

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