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Ronaldo’s sensational return to Man United was sealed over the phone

10 October, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo-Gary  Lineker
Cristiano Ronaldo-Gary Lineker

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United this summer was sealed over the phone in the backyard of the former FC Barcelona player-turned-television presenter, Gary Lineker.

That’s according to the “Match of the Day” host himself, who says he was with United’s vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the time the Portuguese’s Old Trafford homecoming was agreed.

“Ed Woodward is a good friend of mine, he’s my neighbor,” Lineker said on the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast. He signed Ronaldo when he was in my garden! It was awesome.”

Asked by co-host Alan Shearer if that meant he knew about the deal before anybody else, Lineker replied: “I knew when he walked in and he was on the phone to [Jorge] Mendes or someone - I hope I’m not giving too much away.”

“I have a fantastic picture of [Woodward] sat on the phone to [Mendes] in my back garden which I might share one day with his permission,” added Lineker.

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring their side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

Since returning to Manchester, the 36-year-old has been in sparkling form, scoring five times in seven matches in all competitions.

Despite his good form, however, he was omitted from United’s starting line-up against Everton with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opting to give Edinson Cavani his first of the season instead.

United drew the match 1-1, prompting its former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who won 13 Premier League titles during his tenure as boss, to criticize Solskjaer for omitting Ronaldo.

“You should always start your best players,” the Scot told UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov as the pair chatted at Old Trafford. (The Insider)