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Cristiano Ronaldo signs 2-year deal with Manchester United

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo signed a two-year deal with a one year option with Manchester United on Tuesday. Photo by Rodrigo Antunes/EPA-EFE
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo signed a two-year deal with a one year option with Manchester United on Tuesday. Photo by Rodrigo Antunes/EPA-EFE

Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo signed a two-year contract to complete his return to Manchester United on Tuesday, the English Premier League club announced.

The Red Devils first announced Ronaldo's transfer from Italian Serie A club Juventus on Friday. His contract includes a one-year option.

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"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," Ronaldo said in a statement.

"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."

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Ronaldo, 36, scored 118 goals in 292 games over his first tenure with the Red Devils from 2003 to 2009. He spent the 2009 to 2018 seasons with Real Madrid of Spain's La Liga.

Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018. He scored 101 goals in just over three seasons at the club.

"You run out of words to describe Cristiano," Red Devils coach Ole Gunnar Solkjaer said. "He is not only a marvelous 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.

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"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."

"Everyone who knows me, knows about my never ending love for Manchester United," Ronaldo wrote Tuesday on Instagram.

"The years I spent in this club where absolutely amazing and the path we've made together is written in gold letters in the history of this great and amazing institution.

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"I can't even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide. It's like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Man United, and even as an opponent, to have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands. This is absolutely 100% the stuff that dreams are made of!"

United hosts Newcastle in the Premier League at 10 a.m. EDT Sept. 11 at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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