Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was not just a shock to football fans.
Those inside the game seemed in disbelief, too, but United players past and present were ecstatic at the news.
News of Ronaldo’s impending move from Juventus sparked an outpouring of joy on social media.
Among the first to react was a man who apparently played a role in bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, former skipper Rio Ferdinand.
See you soon my friend.
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 27, 2021
He was not alone, as another former Red Devils legend, Edwin van der Sar, also weighed in.
— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) August 27, 2021
But it was the current United players who seemed most pleased about Ronaldo’s return.
Wow wow wow, he’s home @Cristiano
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) August 27, 2021
Welcome home @Cristiano
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) August 27, 2021
— Raphaël Varane (@raphaelvarane) August 27, 2021
Perhaps the most poignant offerings on social media, though, came from players who will now get to take the pitch alongside a childhood idol, as Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard indicated Friday.
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) August 27, 2021
— Bruno Fernandes (@B_Fernandes8) August 27, 2021
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