Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United is one of the most widely-covered news stories in modern sports history and the 36-year-old is gearing up to make his second debut for the club this weekend.
The signing of Ronaldo wasn’t formally completed until deadline day and his arrival coincided with the first international break of the summer, which meant that fans were made to wait for his first appearance since returning.
The superstar, who was the top scorer in Serie A last season, has now commented on his homecoming, insisting he doesn’t see it as a ‘vacation’ but instead, a chance to win.
“I am not here for a vacation. As I told you, before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before many years ago, but I am here to win again,” Ronaldo is quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website.
“I am capable, me and my team-mates. I am ready to go, I am ready to go. It is a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead.
“I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years.”
With the signing of a high-profile player like Ronaldo, there is bound to be added scrutiny but if his comments are anything to go by, motivation isn’t something he will be struggling with.
With seven points from the first nine available, Ronaldo joins a promising side and the Portugal international will be hoping to propel Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to their 21st league title. In the 12 years since he left the club for Real Madrid, only two titles have been won.