By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw
The Summer ‘Transfer Window’, which ends on 31 August, often produces some surprises and this year is no exception, as Cristiano Ronaldo rejoins his former Club Manchester United.
He left the Club to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, for a then record fee of US$110 million, and for the last three years has played for the Italian Serie A Club Juventus.
Having signalled his intention to leave Juventus, he was expected to move to Manchester City, and so the move to Manchester United was a surprise and has been described as “sensational”. It appears that the former Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, acted as the last-minute catalyst for the deal.
The 36-year-old Portuguese ‘super star’ forward will sign a contract for the next two seasons at reportedly a salary of £500,000 per week.
His transfer fee is believed to be around £15.25 million
These are eye-watering sums - some would argue obscene - and it will be interesting to see whether Ronaldo will further transform the fortunes of Manchester United and justify the Club’s investment in him.