CRISTIANO RONALDO has become Manchester United’s highest earner after making a £21million move from Juventus.
The Portuguese superstar will rake in a staggering £480,000-a-week at Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo will become Manchester United’s highest earner on £480k-a-week David De Gea drops to second on the list but his £375k weekly salary is likely to make that pill a little easier to swallow.
Before this summer, Paul Pogba was behind De Gea on £290k-a-week.
But Ronaldo’s fellow new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane – who are expected to start against Wolves on Sunday – now occupy third and fourth spot.
They earn £350k and £340k-a-week respectively having joined from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
Ronaldo wanted £510k-a-week to join Man City but has taken less to link up with his old club United.
The former Sporting Lisbon ace has signed a two-year deal.
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He is expected to earn millions more in a cut of replica shirt sales, having apparently made sure he will again wear the famous No7 after making a fortune from his CR7 brand.
Currently back in Portugal, he is expected to fly into Manchester this weekend with Argentinian model girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez, 27, and his four kids to look for a mega-mansion near the city.
Yesterday, it emerged his mentor and former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson — who signed him as an 18-year-old and has a special ‘father and son’ relationship with him — phoned to urge him to return.
Sir Alex, 79, hopes it will get one over City and help restore the glory years.
Red Devils chief Ed Woodward also spent two months wooing the club legend before the huge coup.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand revealed he phoned and urged Ronaldo not to sign for City.
A source said: “Talks with Cristiano have been going on behind the scenes for about two months.
“When it became clear he wanted to leave Italy, United were determined to get him but wanted to keep it as quiet as possible.
“They also never believed Cristiano would ever be willing to sign for City.
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“He is a United legend and the fans still sing his name at every game.”
The announcement saw United’s share price leap eight per cent, increasing its value by around £181million.
The club website crashed as millions of fans tried to learn more about the comeback.
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Cristiano Ronaldo signs for Man Utd as Old Trafford legend completes sensational transfer return from Juventus