Cristiano Ronaldo is set to return to Manchester United after 12 years of leaving the club for Real Madrid in 2009. Recall that Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003 from Portuguese club, Sporting Lisbon.
In 6 years, he made himself one of the most difficult players to play against and won his first Ballon d’Or at the club before he left for a then world transfer record fee, €94 million.
Before his exit from Manchester United, Ronaldo made 292 appearances in all competitions in which he scored 118 goals and provided 69 assists. His effort helped United to win one UEFA Champions League title and three Premier League titles under retired coach Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Portugal international is expected to reunite with United this summer. Reports say the 36-year-old Portuguese football icon would complete his medical this weekend and would be unveiled as United’s player in the coming week.
Jose Mourinho who coached Ronaldo between 2010 and 2013 at Real Madrid, was made to react to Ronaldo’s move to Old Trafford during a pre-match press conference for Roma’s game against Salernitana. The Portuguese tactician stressed that there was no need to talk about Cristiano.
“The only thing I say – and it looks to be something basic and logic – is that if Juventus are happy if Cristiano is happy and if Manchester United are happy this is the perfect business”, Jose Mourinho said.
“I think there is no need to talk about Cristiano.
“There is no need to make any comment about someone who plays, wins, scores, and makes history for 20 years.”
Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo’s chemistry
Fifty-eight years old football coach Jose Mourinho and 36-year-old football icon Cristiano Ronaldo are both from Portugal. They had a wonderful time together when they united at Real Madrid in 2010.
Within three years (2010-2013), Jose Mourinho was able to use Ronaldo so well that the Portuguese forward was able to score 168 goals and provided 46 assists in 164 games in all competitions.
The goals and assists Ronaldo contributed during the era of Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, helped the Spanish club to win one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey, and one Supercopa de España.
Jose Mourinho left Ronaldo at Real Madrid in 2013 and returned to the Premier League to coach Chelsea for the second time in his managerial career. After he was sacked by Chelsea in 2015, he was appointed the coach of Manchester United in 2016.
This means that aside from the fact that Ronaldo and Mourinho are from the same country, they both share the same history of working for Real Madrid (together) and Manchester United (separately).