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Man Utd legend Gary Neville acknowledged a fear of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return, though he insisted his arrival could trigger a “fantastic season”.
The Portuguese striker is on his way back to Man udd after the club moved quickly to reach an agreement with Juventus. The Italian side will reportedly receive € 15 million Plus € 8 million In additions to his sale. Sky Sports News claimed that Ronaldo would be paid around £ 25m. per year (£ 480,000 per week).
Even at 36, Ronaldo is still one of the most potent attacking forces in world football. Talking to Sky Sports, Neville hailed the return of his former team-mate as “fantastic” news, though acknowledging that “nostalgic” moves were anything but sure successes in football.
“That’s great news,” Neville said. “A little bit nostalgic and nostalgia doesn’t always work in football, it kicks you sometimes when you don’t expect it.”
As late as noon on Friday, bitter rivals Man City were the odds-on favorites to land Ronaldo. Seeing the goal machine in sky blue would have been “torture” for Man Utd fans, according to Neville.
He added: “The idea of him going to City was torture for United fans. If there is a big player available, United should be in the market for that player.
“What they have done is strengthen the squad with a proven goal scorer, a club legend. It will give the club an incredible 12 months and United fans will absolutely shudder to see one of their own come back and play.
“He will score goals and give them brilliant moments.”
“Different Cristiano Ronaldo” – Neville
Whether Ronaldo’s arrival will be enough to catapult Man Utd into a real title fight, only time will tell. But despite Ronaldo admitting in the mid-thirties that he was a “different” player than he used to be, Neville believes the move could trigger a “fantastic season”.
“This could give them a temporary shot in the arm that would potentially get them right up there,” Neville said.
“This news gives me more hope that Man Utd can have a good season. This is one of the most special players who has ever played football.
“He plays regularly as number nine and I’m sure they will put their legs around him. Cristiano comes to win trophies, personal accolades and set the Premier League on fire.
“It’s another Cristiano Ronaldo. But he is one who still has the speed bumps over short intervals that will cause problems. ”
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