Bruno Fernandes Has Welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo Back To Manchester United With Open Arms On Instagram

On Friday afternoon, United confirmed that they had sensationally agreed a deal for Ronaldo to return to the club from Juventus.

The 36-year-old is set to return to Old Trafford 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid, with United to pay Juve United £12.85million plus £6.85m in potential add-ons.

United said the deal was subject to the agreement of personal terms, visa and a medical, and players past and present have welcomed Ronaldo back.

Fernandes has previously described Ronaldo as his “favourite player” growing up, recalling watching as a nine-year-old as Ronaldo and Portugal reached the Euro 2004 final on home soil, with a young Ronaldo’s tears following that defeat to Greece sticking in the memory.

The pair have played together at national level for Portugal, but they will now be team-mates at club level as well – and Fernandes seems delighted by the prospect of regularly featuring alongside one of his childhood heroes.

Fernandes posted a drawing on Instagram of what appears to be a young version of himself wearing a Manchester United shirt with ‘Ronaldo 7’ on the back, watching a TV set on which Ronaldo takes his trademark stance for a free-kick.

A poster of Ronaldo adorns the wall, with the badges of Boavista – the club where he came through as a young player – and Portugal stuck to a dresser, along with a Boavista shirt on a chair nearby.

Fernandes’ accompanying caption reads: “Never stop dreaming. Welcome back home Cristiano” – and the midfielder has also thrown in a goat emoji to let the world know where his loyalties lie in the GOAT debate between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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