Earlier this week, Manchester United announced that Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club had been finalised. The 36-year-old is back at Old Trafford after 12 years away from the club, having initially left for a then world-record fee in 2009.
Since then, Ronaldo has taken his game to unprecedented heights, seemingly breaking a new record every time he steps onto the pitch.
After three years at Juventus, however, the Portuguese superstar decided to make a return to where he made his breakthrough – the Premier League. Albeit, a transfer back to United was far from straightforward.
Just 24 hours before Manchester United announced that an agreement had been reached with Juventus, the general consensus among supporters was that he was set for a move to Manchester City.
Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant has now revealed that some of the players at the club joked about what could’ve happened to one of the murals at Carrington, had the transfer gone through.
“The news was strange actually because coming into the training ground there was a lot of talk around the possibility of him heading to the other side of the city,” Grant told talkSPORT, as seen above.
“We’ve got a huge picture of Cristiano in our gym, and a few of the players were having a bit of a laugh and a joke over what may or may not happen to that mural if he dared venture to the blue side of the city.
“That was an interesting conversation. To see how quickly things moved in the day, and of course, the news coming later that day was, I mean listen, it was incredible news.”