Ronaldo has signed a two-year contract with Manchester United, with the option to extend for another year, after being released early from the Portugal squad due to a punishment for celebrating his stoppage-time winner against the Republic of Ireland.
Cristiano Ronaldo lands in the United Kingdom after signing a contract with Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle United on September 11 after being released from the Portugal squad six days earlier than expected after his world-record-breaking goals against Republic of Ireland on Wednesday. Ronaldo, who transferred from Juventus to United for €15 million on Monday, passed former Iran striker Ali Daei as the all-time highest goalscorer in international football by scoring his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Ireland in Faro. However, after receiving a yellow card from Slovenian referee Matej Jug for removing his shirt while celebrating his second goal, Ronaldo was sidelined for Tuesday’s qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku. Ronaldo had been scheduled to play both that game and a friendly against Qatar in Hungary on Saturday, but with the goal record secured, Portugal coach Fernando Santos has removed him from his squad for the Qatar match in order for him to fly to Manchester and extend his preparation time ahead of the Newcastle match at Old Trafford. Ronaldo will save two journeys to Eastern Europe as a result of the decision, which will be seen as a big benefit for United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Ronaldo hasn’t played for United since the 2009 Champions League final loss to Barcelona in Rome, following which he moved to Real Madrid for a then-world-record £80 million. After making his first United appearance against Bolton in August 2003, he will now spend at least a week in training with Solskjaer’s side before making his second appearance against Newcastle.
Cristiano Ronaldo has stated that he will wear the No. 7 shirt for Manchester United after rejoining the club from Juventus. After publishing confirmation of an agreement with Ronaldo to make the move the previous Friday, the Old Trafford club confirmed on Monday that he had officially signed. And the club revealed on Thursday that Ronaldo would wear the No. 7 shirt that has become part of his CR7 brand and that he wore during his first tenure at the club, only seconds after posting a teaser footage of a United shirt with his name on the back. Edinson Cavani was given the No. 7 shirt at the start of the season after wearing it last season, and he wore it in the win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. Cavani will take the No. 21 shirt, which he currently wears for Uruguay, which was left vacant by Daniel James’ transfer to Leeds United. United tweeted an image of Ronaldo and Cavani arm-in-arm during an international match, along with the words “mark of the man” and a statement from Cavani, who said: “I wasn’t sure if I would be able to wear the No. 7 shirt again, so I would like to say huge thank you to Edi for this incredible gesture.” Ronaldo spent a season wearing Real Madrid’s No. 9 after leaving United, while club great Raul Gonzalez kept the No. 7 for his final season. Since then, Ronaldo has worn the No. 7 exclusively for Real Madrid and Juventus, as well as for Portugal. The No. 7 shirt is a United legend, having been worn by George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham in the past. The players who donned it since Ronaldo’s departure in 2009 have struggled to live up to the hype. When Michael Owen came that summer, he wore the No. 7 jersey for three seasons.
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