Ronaldo arrives in Manchester (Sports News) – Cristiano Ronaldo has finally landed in Manchester to begin training for his much-anticipated second spell with Manchester United FC.
The 36-year old superstar was released from international duty early this week, as he was suspended from Portugal’s World Cup qualifying match with Azerbaijan due to his shirtless celebration in the Republic of Ireland match. This gives him the opportunity to re-familiarise himself with his old club right before their next game against Newcastle United FC on Saturday.
Ronaldo Arrives in Manchester - Arrival at Carrington
Ronaldo arrived in Carrington, Manchester, United’s training ground. This was the first time he was at the base since leaving 12 years ago for Real Madrid.
Prior to team practice, he spent time talking to United manager Ole Gunnar Solkjaer, who was also his teammate in his earlier years. Solskjaer, a huge transfer window, as Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund and Raphael Varane of Real Madrid were acquired for a combined total of 135.3 million.
He was then introduced to the United players, who at the moment had some team-mates on international duty. He then joined the team in his first training session.
He is also following COVID-19 protocols in the UK upon his arrival, undergoing a five-day quarantine with friend Rui Alves in a seven-bed mansion.
Ronaldo Arrives in Manchester - Tall Task Ahead for United
Ronaldo also asked team-mate and compatriot Bruno Fernandes to tell the rest of the team that they need to win the Premier League, as well as accomplish other lofty ambitions. Earlier, the five-Ballon d’Or winner stated in his return to Old Trafford that “history will be written once more”. During his first spell with the Red Devils from 2003 to 2009, he won the EPL, as well as the UEFA Champions League trophy.
Even though he has entered his late thirties, the Portuguese star still managed to be Serie A’s biggest scorer last season. He also had a spectacular showing in the last qualifiers, as he scored the last two goals late in the game to complete a comeback against Ireland. The feat made him the highest-scoring international men’s players, giving United fans hope as they await his likely debut in the upcoming fixture with the Magpies of Newcastle.
Ronaldo Arrives in Manchester - "Number 7" Confirmed
After much speculation, Cristiano Ronaldo will be wearing his trademark number 7 for United. Edinson Cavani, another fan favourite who wore the number 7 last season, has voluntarily given to the Manchester returnee the number. Cavani will now wear 21, his Uruguayan international number, moving forward.
EPL rules state that a player could not swap shirts when a season is underway. But Man United were given dispensation, allowing reclamation of Old Trafford.
Ronaldo considers 7 as his magic number, as he has always worn it at the club level and in the Portuguese team. Ronaldo also uploaded to social media a photo of himself from the back pointing at his shirt, with the caption: “I’m back where I belong. My never ending love.”
Ronaldo Arrives in Manchester - Too Early for PSG
Ronaldo also had something to say about Paris Saint-Germain, one of the huge favourites to win the UEFA Champions League, and the club of his long-time rival Lionel Messi. Besides the Argentinian superstar, the French club is also home to Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Angel de Maria.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Portuguese talisman insisted that it’s too early for the Parisian club to be considered Champions League winners-elect even with the acquisitions of Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Georginio Wijnaldum.
PSG have acquired six-time Ballon d’Or winner and recent Copa America winner Messi on a free transfer from Barcelona, in hopes of finally getting the UCL trophy that has eluded them for so long.
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