Manchester United’s website crashes after announcement of agreement to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United’s website experienced downtime briefly on Friday shortly after the club put out a statement confirming an agreement with Juventus to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.

“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester,” the terse statement read.

The 36-year-old Ronaldo bade farewell to Juventus teammates for about one and half hours earlier in the day before departing Italy on a private jet.

Sky Sports reported that the Old Trafford club agreed to pay Juventus €15m (£12.8m) plus a further €8m (£6.8m) in add-ons for the Portuguese star, who is set to sign a two-year contract after personal terms are finalised.

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Ronaldo netted 118 times in 292 appearances for United between 2003 and 2009 under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

During that time, won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups and the UEFA Champions League before leaving for Real Madrid in a then world-record deal.

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