When Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United the first time back in 2003, he had a huge task on his hands.
Ronaldo was given the number 7 shirt vacated by David Beckham when he left for Real Madrid, a path he too would follow six years on.
It is safe to say Ronaldo succeeded, going on to follow Beckham by winning multiple league titles, cups, and the Champions League.
If only the players who followed Ronaldo had been so successful.
Now Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United a second time, and whatever shirt he wears, he is already an icon.
United announced a second deal for Ronaldo this week, bringing him back 12 years after he left.
Former star David Beckham was among the first to welcome Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.
Beckham’s message was followed by the likes of Andy Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville, along with women’s star Ella Toone.
It highlights how United is like one huge family and they all came together to support this deal.
If Ronaldo has half the success this time around as he did the first time, it will be exactly what this club’s supporters need.
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