Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has stated that Manchester United has always had a special place in his heart.
The 36-year-old also stated that he cannot wait to play at Old Trafford and see the fans of the club again.
He said this as he began his second spell at United after the club completed his signing from Juventus on Tuesday.
“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday,” he was quoted by United’s website.
“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again.
“I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”
In a post on Instagram,Ronaldo stated that most of what he achieved in football are connected to United.
“This is absolutely 100% the stuff that dreams are made of!
“My first domestic League, my first Cup, my first call to the Portuguese National team, my first Champions League, my first Golden Boot and my first Ballon d’Or, they were all born from this special connection between me and the Red Devils.
“History has been written in the past and history will be written once again! You have my word!
“I’m right here! I’m back where I belong! Let’s make it happen once again! PS – Sir Alex, this one is for you.”
Describing Ronaldo as a marvelous player, United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed the belief that the young players in his squad will gain from his experience.
He said, “You run out of words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a marvellous player but also a great human being.
“To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level for such a long period requires a very special person.
“I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the younger players in the squad.
“Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted he is coming home to where it all started.”