Cristiano Ronaldo is set to become the highest-paid player in Premier League history, following his shock return to Manchester United in the summer transfer  window.

The 36-year-old seemed nailed on to join rivals Manchester City after announcing his intention to leave Juventus, but the Red Devils hijacked the deal at the last second to bring the former fan favourite back to Old Trafford.

However, Ronaldo will still earn considerably less than fellow football icon Lionel Messi, who penned a mind-blowing £1m-a-week deal when joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona  this summer.

Man Utd’s out of the blue swoop to re-sign Ronaldo  has stunned the football world after they agreed to offer Juventus  an initial £12.85m, which could rise to a potential £19.7m transfer fee in bonuses and add-ons.

The former Real Madrid star was signed by the Bianconeri for €100m in 2018, with the aim of ending their Champions League  drought by recruiting the king of the European competition. The plan ultimately failed as Juve never got close to lifting the big trophy.

Ronaldo won two Serie A titles during his three years in Italy, but he became disenchanted with the project towards the end of his time there and informed Massimiliano Allegri of his desire for a new challenge.

Juve were willing to sell the superstar, as they didn’t want to hold onto an unhappy player who was burning a €31m-a-year hole in their wage bill. 

Manchester City  were set to shock the world by bringing the former Red Devil back to Manchester, but the Glazer family decided to hijack the move at the last second.

Manchester United had been presented with the opportunity to sign Ronaldo earlier in the summer but rejected the prospect in order to focus on their main targets, but the thought of him joining their rivals forced the Glazers’ hand.

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