On 17 August, Ronaldo, who had been linked with Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Manchester City during the summer, criticised media reports linking him with a move away from Juventus.
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti said he had “never considered signing” the forward, while Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said the player had “never expressed a desire to leave” and was “staying” with the Serie A side.
Allegri then left Ronaldo out of his starting line-up and brought him on as a substitute for his side’s league opener against Udinese before Juventus told the player they were willing to sell him.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes spoke to several major European clubs about potentially signing him, including Manchester City and Paris St-Germain.
On Friday, Allegri revealed Ronaldo had told Juventus that he “no longer has any intention” to play for the club, while United boss Solskjaer said his former Old Trafford team-mate “knows that we’re here”.
City boss Pep Guardiola stated players like Ronaldo “decide where they are going to play” before the Premier League champions, having considering the matter carefully, decided not to pursue a deal for him.
In a dramatic transfer saga, United later announced they had reached an agreement to sign Ronaldo subject to personal terms, a visa and a medical.
In a statement confirming his exit, Juventus described how “two icons of the European and football world came together” in 2018, but that after 101 goals in 133 games and five trophies, the “chapter has come to an end”.
“The Juventus fans welcomed CR7 like a king, eager to see him on the pitch and cheer with him,” the club added. “It was a great story.”
The Italian club said they would receive the money for Ronaldo over five years – until he is 41.
Why is Ronaldo one of the Greatest player in the World…
- A five-time Ballon d’Or winner, claiming the coveted prize in 2008 (with Man Utd) and 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 (all with Real Madrid).
- A five-time Champions League winner in 2008 (with Man Utd), and 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 (all with Real Madrid).
- Won seven league titles in three major leagues in 2007, 2008, 2009 (all with Man Utd), 2012 and 2017 (with Real Madrid) and 2019, 2020 (with Juventus).
- A European Championship winner with Portugal in 2016.
- Winner of 32 trophies for club and country with Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Portugal.
- All-time Champions League leading scorer with 134 goals in 176 appearances.