Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the signing of ‘very special’ Cristiano Ronaldo highlights the club’s ‘unique’ standing in world football.
The 36-year-old returned to Old Trafford today by signing an initial two-year deal with his former club, who have the option of extending that by a further 12 months.
Ronaldo spent six years at United between 2003 and 2009 before joining Real Madrid for a then-world record fee but he returns in the twilight of his career after Juventus agreed to sell for an initial £12.8m fee.
Solskjaer played with Ronaldo in his final season before retiring in 2007 and the Norwegian admits he’s almost ‘lost for words’ to describe the Portuguese superstar.
‘You run out of words to describe Cristiano,’ said Solskjaer.
‘He is not only a marvellous player, but also a great human being. To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level for such a long period requires a very special person.
‘I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the younger players in the squad. Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted he is coming home to where it all started.’
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