Manchester United have confirmed the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford.
United’s big rivals Manchester City seemed in pole position to land the forward, but an intervention from Sir Alex Ferguson shifted the balance in the Red Devils’ favour.
And United have now confirmed a deal has been struck to bring the club legend back to Manchester, subject to medical and personal terms being agreed.
In a statement on their official website, United said:
"Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.
"Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.
In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.
"Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester."
In a post on his Instagram page, Ronaldo said goodbye to Juventus fans, saying:
"Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe. I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days. The “tifosi bianconeri” always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition. 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, storia di un grande amore
Bianco che abbraccia il nero
Coro che si alza davvero
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, tifosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart."