Manchester United on Friday announced that the club had reached an agreement with Italian side Juventus for the transfer of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United posted the official statement on Twitter with a caption reading: “Welcome home, Cristiano”. Not surprisingly, the tweet immediately went viral with fans of the English club unable to hide their delight. From former players to current team members of Manchester United, everyone had something to say. However, things were very different only a few hours before the club’s announcement.
It was being widely reported that Cristiano Ronaldo would join Manchester United’s city rivals Manchester City. The news was a dagger to the heart of most United fans, after all, Ronaldo is one of the club’s biggest legends.
But in a crazy twist that few Manchester United would have even dreamt of, Ronaldo suddenly started being linked to the Red Devils. When the announcement finally came, it was pandemonium on Twitter. While the red side of Manchester rejoiced, the blue half were left to think about what might have been.
Even as Man United fans reveled in their legend’s return, many of them took the opportunity to take potshots at their neighbors.
United announced a deal with Juventus has been agreed with the transfer “subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.”
“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester,” the Red Devils added in a statement.
Ronaldo won the first of his five Champions League titles and was first crowned the world’s best player during his first spell at United.
In total he scored 118 goals in 292 games, also winning three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and two League Cups.