Former striker Michael Owen believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United will be bigger than Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.
United confirmed on Friday evening that they have reached an agreement with Juventus to re-sign the 36-year-old sensation, subject to him passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
The deal has taken a huge step towards being completed at a rapid rate of knots, with the Portugal international seemingly destined to sign for Manchester City just a matter of hours ago.
But after holding discussions with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo has now settled on a return to Old Trafford – 12 years after he left the club to join Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Although the deal is not done yet, it is all but certain to go through and get over the line ahead of the transfer window slamming shut on Tuesday evening.
Ronaldo’s impending return to Old Trafford, however, certainly in the eyes of some, may not be considered as the biggest and most glamorous deal of the window, with PSG landing Messi earlier this month after his shock exit from Barcelona.
However, in the eyes of former United striker Owen, Ronaldo’s sensational return to the Premier League will eclipse the deal that saw Messi make the move to the French capital.
Owen said: “What a sensational transfer window!! Didn’t think the Messi transfer to PSG would be eclipsed but Ronaldo to United, when all the talk was to City. Wow!!”
Ronaldo’s return to United, who snapped him up from Sporting Lisbon the first time around back in 2004, will no doubt go down as one of the Premier League’s greatest signings in the last few years.
It is a huge statement of intent shown by United and one that will most probably be enjoyed by every English football supporter, not just those connected to the Reds.
Ronaldo will become United’s fourth signing of the summer, following on from the additions of Tom Heaton, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, highlighting just how special a window it has been for the Old Trafford club.