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Cristiano Ronaldo Will Rejoin Manchester United After 12-Year Departure

In a move that surprised many, Cristiano Ronaldo is heading back to Manchester United after a 12-year absence.

Ronaldo, 36, agreed to a two-year contract with United on Friday following initial reports that he was close to a deal with rival Manchester City, ESPN reports.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner spent seven years with United (2003-09) before joining Real Madrid (2009-18) and later Juventus (2018-21).

"Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical," the club announced in a statement confirming the signing on its official website. "Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal."