Bruno Fernandes Convinced Cristiano Ronaldo to Return to Manchester United

Published 08/27/2021, 1:39 PM EDT
SOCHI, RUSSIA – JUNE 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal embraces team mate Bruno Fernandes during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


Cristiano Ronaldo is finally back at Manchester United after leaving the Reds in 2009 for a then world-record move. However, the transfer wasn’t without its complications, as the relatively short transfer saga came to an end today.

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Manchester United announced Ronaldo in lightning fast time after their city rivals Manchester City pulled out of a move for the 5 time Ballon d’Or winner. There were strong rumors of City signing Ronaldo, but his agent, Jorge Mendes, offered the option to Manchester United, and they took it.

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Bruno Fernandes had previously stated on multiple occasions that Cristiano Ronaldo was his inspiration when he was young. Moreover, the Portuguese midfielder was vital in Ronaldo’s change of mind, and football journalist Fabrizio Romano reported the same.

In an interview, United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talked about the entire situation. “Cristiano Ronaldo? We’ve always had a good communication. Bruno has been talking to him as well, and he knows what we feel about him. If he was ever going to move away from Juventus, he knows we are here,” the Norwegian said.

Additionally, several websites also reported that legendary Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson was instrumental during the entire process. Reportedly, Ferguson had a talk with the Portuguese and convinced him to come back to the club, which made him what he is today.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Cristiano Ronaldo

Sir Alex Ferguson was the man who first brought Ronaldo to the club in 2003. At the time, the Portuguese was a shifty 18-year-old talent with potential. However, Ferguson and the great United side of the 2000s moulded Ronaldo into the superstar that he is today.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s first Ballon d’Or came with Manchester United in 2008. Ronaldo was the top scorer in the league and won the treble with United (Premier League, UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup).

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He finally left the club for Real Madrid in 2009, and has kept his goal-scoring record up ever since, even after moving to Juventus and the Serie A.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a football writer at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for football to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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