Despite winning every trophy available to him at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo believes he has unfinished business to attended to as he embarks on a new era at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo collected winners' medals for the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield and FIFA World Club Cup across six career-making years in England.
An icon for countless young fans of the club, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner left them heartbroken in 2009 to complete a dream move to Real Madrid but never ruled out an emotional return to the Theatre of Dreams.
Having been sold for a world record £80million 12 years ago, an initial fee of €15 million (£12.8m) was enough for Juventus to accept after he informed the Turin club of his desire to depart before Deadline Day, which takes places on Tuesday, August 31.
The Manchester Evening News have detailed why United decided to snap Ronaldo up following heavy links with a move to Manchester City, the placed he seemed set for on Friday morning.
It is noted that the Glazer family were aware that the three-time Premier League would returning would be the 'ultimate feel-good story' following the a rocky year in the Old Trafford boardroom, during which Red Devils supporters protested against their decision to sign up to the European Super League as they managed to postpone a home game against Liverpool.
The sentiment-fulled signing also mirrors Tom Brady's 2020 second coming for the Glazers' NFL franchise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady helped The Bucs win their first Super Bowl title for 18 years back in February.
Ronaldo also still has friends at the club, both on and off pitch.
The Portugal captain played alongside Solskjaer, assistant coach Michael Carrick and football director Darren Fletcher as he forged his near-unparalleled footballing career in the north-west.
Other than a few words said to scrambling reporters as he arrived in Lisbon following his flight from Turin, Ronaldo has spoken exclusively about his now ex-employers as United fans await his first words since agreeing to return.
"Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe," the 36-year-old wrote on Instagram.
"I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.
"The “tiffosi bianconeri” always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition.
He added: "In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.
Juve per sempre sara…'
"I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, tiffosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart."
But the Red Devils, too, were always in his heart and, subject to a medical and finalising personal terms, Ronaldo will be a United player again.
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