The Ronaldo effect

Zlatko Ilijevski
05 Sep 2021
The Ronaldo effect

An exciting and dramatic period regarding the future of Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely behind us because Manchester United officially announced that the Portuguese is a new Premier League player from Old Trafford.

Ronaldo was at a turning point in the previous days, Manchester City also showed interest, and although it was certain that he would leave Juventus, it was not known until the last moment whether he would end up in the red or blue side of Manchester. In the end, he opted for the club jersey he wore 12 years ago.

The Portuguese returned to Old Trafford after 12 years, and the "consequences" are already being felt.

Manchester United fans are jokingly talking about how Cristiano Ronaldo has finally returned home from loan - 12 years long. He brought 94,000,000 euros to the club when he left, during his stay at Old Trafford he won a handful of trophies, and only a few hours after his return, the weight of his move was clearly felt.

 As soon as United confirmed the return of one of the best football players of today through the official website, the club found itself in pain, but sweet. Too many visits brought down the site, both because of the fans who want to know all the details about the return of their favorite player, but also because of those who already want to buy a new jersey with his name. The announcement on social networks about Ronaldo's return in less than an hour gathered 1.000.000 likes.

 The site of the famous Sky Sports did not last either. Due to an unprecedented visit, it stopped functioning for a short time. The Portuguese made serious “earthquakes”, when he decided to change direction at the last minute and returned to the Theater of Dream. Let us remind you, at first, he was seen as a new reinforcement for Manchester City, but he could not disappoint his beloved club. Information about the club's shares also arrived from the other side of the Atlantic, which jumped by eight percent from the moment when Ronaldo's return was official. When the calculation is performed, it is concluded that the value of Manchester United increased by 250.000.000 euros. The summer transfer market, which due to the financial crisis that is shaking numerous clubs, threatened to be one of the less interesting ones, turned into the most exciting in just a few days. Maybe ever.

 Cristiano Ronaldo strengthened Manchester United 18 years ago, who then paid 19,000,000 euros to Sporting Lisbon for his services. In his first term at Old Trafford, he played 292 games and scored 118 goals, and with the Devils he won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup, two trophies in the League Cup, as well as the Champions League trophy. For his return, the club paid 15,000,000 euros to the Juventus account, and the Old Lady could earn another 8,000,000 euros in the name of bonuses.

Now, after arriving at United there is a “problem” he can't get the number he wants again. Namely, Edinson Cavani wears the number seven, and according to the rules of the Premier League, players cannot change the number during the season, except in two cases. The first is if the player with that number leave the club, and the second is for the Premier League to give a special permit to change the number. That has never happened in history. But according to some the EFA and Premier League board have decided and Cavani approved to give number 7 to greatest star in the league.

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