By: Matteo Herrera
Many big name soccer players have been switching teams lately, such as Lionel Messi switching to Paris Saint-Germain. Now the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo has made the switch to his old home, Manchester United. It seems like only a month ago that Messi and Ronaldo weren’t going anywhere, but now they’ve both changed clubs in the same summer.
United paid 23 million euros to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. With media reports that Ronaldo wanted to stay in Italy, the move came as a shock for many.
“I didn’t think Cristiano was gonna turn out leaving Juventus,” said United coach Ole Solskjaer in a press conference on United’s broadcast. “It’s been speculation the last few days, of course.”
When two of the greatest players in the sport of soccer switch teams, viewership and team power changes throughout Europe drastically. Now spectators are going to be paying attention to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United to see how Messi & Ronaldo perform.
“I am glad he’s back where he started his amazing career with one of the best clubs in history,” said Victor Mercado, University of Tampa student and longtime Ronaldo fan.
This wasn’t just a simple move. Ronaldo was highly speculated to move to rivals Manchester City. City failed to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane so they looked to Ronaldo to fill the hole of striker on their squad.
Yet, United announced the return of Ronaldo on deadline day. Now he joins a talented squad filled with new faces compared to the United squad he played with years ago. He will now play with his fellow Portuguese friend Bruno Fernandes, and the likes of Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane, and many more.
“Agent Bruno? Welcome back home Cristiano,” tweeted United player Bruno Fernandes.
Juventus has stated that life goes on even when losing such a quality player. Yet, Juventus lost 1-0 to Empoli in the first game since Ronaldo left. So they went out and got Moise Kean on loan from Everton.
Will he be able to fill the boots of Ronaldo or at least contribute to Juve’s pursuit of a title?
In addition, Ronaldo kept on making headlines recently when he scored a game winning goal in the 96th minute of the game. That is something to get the United fans excited for. Not only that, but with that goal he earned the record for most goals scored in men’s international soccer. Ronaldo has scored 111 goals internationally…so far.
“I’m so happy, not only because I beat the record, but for the special moment that we had,” said Ronaldo to RTE according to BBC Sport. “Two goals at the end of the game. I have to appreciate what the team did, we believed until the end. I’m so glad.”
Another international record he is set to overtake is Sergio Ramos record for appearances in men’s international soccer. Ramos holds the record which is 180 appearances, and Ronaldo is tied with the same amount, according to an article by the BBC.
United has won two games and tied one which makes them sit at third place. It will be interesting to see Ronaldo and United compete against the likes of current Champions League champions Chelsea, current Premier League Champions Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, and the rest of the league.
Ronaldo also expressed his excitement for rejoining the Red Devils, he posted on social media as well as stating that this move was for Sir Alex Ferguson, his former Manchester United coach from 2003-2009.
“P.S. Sir Alex, this one’s for you,” said Ronaldo.