Cristiano Ronaldo finally touches down in Manchester after his sensational return to Old Trafford from Juventus – with technical director and former team-mate Darren Fletcher on the runway to welcome him!
- United announced the dramatic signing of the Portuguese forward last week
- Ronaldo, widely considered one of the best players in the world, will wear No 7
- United are facing a shortage of replica shirts with fans desperate to buy kits
- Excitement is at fever pitch over the 36-year-old’s arrival in the Premier League
- And he has now landed in England after being released from international duty
Cristiano Ronaldo has landed in England after his headline-grabbing return to Manchester United from Juventus was confirmed last week.
The star forward, widely considered one of the best in the world, will now be playing at Old Trafford again after his £19.8million transfer from the Italian giants was finalised on transfer deadline day.
And according to the Sun, Ronaldo touched down in his private jet from Faro at Manchester Airport on Thursday at 5.40pm, and was swiftly taken to a multi-million pound mansion.
Cristiano Ronaldo (above) touched down in Manchester after signing from Juventus last week
Red Devils star returned to his club from international duty early after picking up a suspension
He is now ensconced in the seven-bedroom countryside property, with a top-of-the-range fitness area, pool, jacuzzi and six-strong security patrol – allowing him to relax during his five days in quarantine before joining club training on Wednesday.
Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez, 27, posted several pictures on her Instagram account of the family travelling by jet, showing the Manchester location and a Cadbury’s chocolate bar with a Manchester United logo offered as a welcome gift.
Ronaldo had been on international duty with Portugal – scoring two dramatic late goals in the 89th and 96th minutes to beat Ireland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
That double saw him pass Ali Daei become the highest men’s international goalscorer of all time, with an astonishing 110 and no signs of slowing down despite being 36.
Manchester United finally confirmed the Portuguese forward’s arrival on transfer deadline day
However he picked up a yellow card at the Estadio Algarve, ruling him out of the Azerbaijan fixture on Tuesday – and national team manager Fernando Santos allowed him to leave the set-up early.
Ronaldo’s former team-mate, and Red Devils technical director, Darren Fletcher, United officials and a security team welcomed him and his family personally on a private terminal.
The new signing is set to begin training with his new colleagues at Carrington next week under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was a team-mate of Ronaldo during the Portuguese’s first stint at the club between 2003 and 2009.
He subsequently left United for Real Madrid in a then-world record £80m fee, where he cemented himself as one of the best players in the world and joined the conversation as the best of all time.
He was welcomed by former team-mate and United technical director Darren Fletcher (left)
The now-36-year-old (centre) played alongside Fletcher (right) in his first stint with United
After signing, Ronaldo told the United website: ‘I have a fantastic history with this amazing club. I was there at 18 years old and of course I’m so happy to be back home after 12 years. So I’m really glad and looking forward to start my first game.
‘It’s the best decision that I have made it. It’s a new chapter, I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things.
‘As I say before, I’m there in Manchester to help the team achieve results and the coach can count on me for whatever he wants. So I’m available for everything.’
The club hope he can make his second debut against Newcastle on September 11.
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