03.09.2021 » Ronaldo and his return to Manchester
After more than a decade went through, football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the club where he shot to worldwide fame. He leaves the Serie A and Juventus after a considerably short spell and heads to the Premier League and to Manchester United, where he played from 2003 to 2009. The two parties have also agreed terms for a two-year contract, with an optional 3rd year on the horizon. The move will also spark interest in several things related to him. This includes future football shirts of the legend, the latest edition of his Nike boots, and for sports and gambling fans, the best football-themed online slots for Ronaldo fans.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Welcome to Manchester United:
New club, same old feelings!
It has been a rollercoaster ride for the Portuguese talisman in the 24 hours since his return to Old Trafford. Within 48 hours and less than a week in the transfer window, Ronaldo began by going to Juventus' training ground and spent nearly an hour saying his goodbyes. He has been initially linked to United's rival club Manchester City, a move which initially upset longtime fans and supporters. However, the defending Premier League champions only gave a verbal promise of a formal bid, with no concrete plan revealed. Representatives from Man Utd then exchanged many calls and text messages with their former player; a move which convinced the Portuguese to strike a deal with them.
Ronaldo also has maintained regular contact with former coach Sir Alex Ferguson, whom he regards as his "football father". Ferguson congratulated Ronaldo in person when Portugal won the European Championship in 2016. He also played a vital role, along with another former teammate, Rio Ferdinand, in getting the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to choose the Red Devils over Manchester City this summer.
The news barely comes weeks after Ronaldo's biggest rival Lionel Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain after a falling-out with Barcelona. With 24 million GBP, Ronaldo took a paycut for a transfer fee of 24 million GBP. This means he has taken a paycut of 6 million GBP for the move. Apart from this United will pay around 12.87 million GBP plus a further. With the deal, Ronaldo still is the best paid player at Man Utd, ahead of David de Gea, who earns 375,000 GBP weekly.
The news made Manchester United's stock rise 8%. Also, soccer betting Singapore on games involving Man Utd is also expected to rise with the news. It is no doubt a sentimental one for Red Devils followers, who still revere Ronaldo despite choosing leaving them to sign an 80 million GBP deal with Real Madrid. Sports bettors who also regularly wager on the Premier League will also no doubt be excited by this development.
Can Ronaldo repeat the success he had in the past?
As of this writing, Ronaldo has completed his medical in Lisbon over the weekend before reporting for duty at Man Utd. He said goodbye to Juventus in an emotional social media post. "Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe," he said in the post.
"I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I'll always love the city of Turin until my final days. In the end, we can all look back and realise that we achieved great things; not all that we wanted, but still we wrote a pretty beautiful story together. I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I'm part of yours."
In a statement regarding his return to his old club, Ronaldo said: "Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday. I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I'm looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games and I hope we have a very successful season ahead."
During his first spell with the Red Devils, Ronaldo had accomplished a record feat. He won three Premier League titles, his first of five career UEFA Champions League titles and the FIFA Club World Cup. He scored 118 times in almost 300 games in the Premier League before leaving for Spain in 2009.
As Ronaldo enters a new chapter of his life at Manchester United, the stakes will surely be different in the Premier League and Serie A. Could Juventus lose some points with the departure of their talisman? Will Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford help their chances to win the title against strong competitors such as Man City, Liverpool or Chelsea? Bettors are sure to cash in on this development. If you feel you can predict the outcome of a match, test your luck and play soccer betting at BetVision, Asia's number one gaming destination. The website has plenty of sportsbook odds for you to choose from, plus daily bonuses and rewards to make your gaming more fruitful. Sign up now!
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Portugal is on September 4, against Qatar. You can watch Portugal vs Qatar, Italy vs Bulgaria, Spain vs Georgia, Hungary vs England, Switzerland vs Italy, and Liechtenstein vs Germany, all matches provided from our live football game pages.
Portugal next game:
Portugal vs Qatar kick-off time (04-09-2021):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 00:00
Jakarta (Indonesia) | UTC/GMT+7: 23:00
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 21:30
Italy (Turin) | UTC/GMT+2: 18:00
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 18:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 17:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 13:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 12:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 09:00
Sources: ronaldo7.net / bbc.com / espn.com / juventus.com