Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United: how social media reacted
On a truly confusing day of transfer action, Manchester United appear to have pulled off a major blow.
The Premier League side have struck a successful deal to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo after making a deal with Juventus for the 36-year-old Portuguese star.
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Via a statement posted on their official website, United say the move is about to be completed with only formalities such as personal conditions and a medical certificate.
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 27, 2021
Ronaldo cut his teeth on his first stint at Old Trafford, scoring 118 goals in 292 games before joining Real Madrid in 2009 as a modern-day Galactico. Since then he has truly achieved greatness, winning everything there is to win and breaking just about every performance record there is to breaking.
United’s huge announcement comes as the dramatic conclusion of a chaotic 24-hour period in which rivals Manchester City have reportedly made contact with the player’s agent Jorge Mendes for the first time to bring Ronaldo back to the Premier League.
Although nothing is official yet, several enthusiastic United players have appeared on social media to welcome Ronaldo home.
welcome to the house @Cristiano ??
– Harry Maguire (@ HarryMaguire93) August 27, 2021
Wow wow wow, he is at home 🤩 ♥ ️ @Cristiano
– Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) August 27, 2021
Jadon Sancho couldn’t quite believe what he was witnessing as the story unfolded over the course of an afternoon.
– Jadon Sancho (@ Sanchooo10) August 27, 2021
Bruno Fernandes went further by hinting that he had been instrumental in drawing his Portuguese teammate to United.
“Agent Bruno”? 😂
Welcoming at home @Cristiano https://t.co/YoFBamTIAQ
– Bruno Fernandes (@ B_Fernandes8) August 27, 2021
Former United colleague Patrice Evra also claimed to have had the scoop on Ronaldo’s lavish return, sharing a screenshot of an alleged Whatsapp conversation between the pair in which the latter revealed he would return in “our club”.
Sometimes people have to calm down !!! He says he comes home relaxxx man😅😅 now i can post it 🔥 ♥ ️🙏🏽🚶♂️ BIGGEST TRANSFER IN FOOTBALL HISTORY #I love this game @Cristiano @Man Utd #loyalty # positive4evra #manchesteruni pic.twitter.com/Zpyl5A0HWu
– Patrice Evra (@Evra) August 27, 2021
RB Leipzig also took credit for claiming Ronaldo swerved by signing for City at the last minute due to the draw for Pep Guardiola’s side in the League’s ‘death squad’ champions.
The moment @Cristiano changed his mind.
– RB Leipzig (@RBLeipzig) August 27, 2021
Meanwhile, there was also a chance to poke fun at United fans, many of whom had to quickly change their tone after working under the illusion that Ronaldo was about to join their city neighbors.
Manchester United fans’ timeline will look like a Frank Lampard press conference; “Cristiano Ronaldo is an absolute snake, he completely passed him, no but seriously it would be amazing to bring him back to Old Trafford”.
– Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) August 27, 2021
Of course, Gary Neville jumped at the chance to poke fun at former nemesis Jamie Carragher, who had previously led the rule of Ronaldo’s impending transfer to City.
The moment “You will not gain anything with the children” https://t.co/6jIiBHkKs0
– Gary Neville (@ GNev2) August 27, 2021
And just to top it off, there was also fingers crossed for Ronaldo to revisit the infamously garish knits he wore the last time he signed for United, in 2003.
A few things have changed since Ronaldo last joined Man United pic.twitter.com/928cPWdUl8
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 27, 2021