MONEYBAGS idol Cristiano Ronaldo will earn at least £50million from his sensational Manchester United comeback after telling them: “I want to come home.”
A source said: “In his heart, he only ever wanted to go back to United.”
The superstar, who already has a personal fortune of £500million, stunned the football world yesterday with his return to Old Trafford.
He is heading back to the Red Devils just as he seemed set to move to arch-rivals Man City.
The Portuguese idol shot to fame in his first spell at Old Trafford before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.
‘WANTED TO COME HOME’
A source said: “Cristiano was keen to secure a good deal because he is still one of the very best footballers in the world.
“But in his heart, he only ever wanted to go back to Manchester United. He told the club he wanted to come home and now he is home.”
Ronaldo, whose glittering first spell included a European Champions League and three Premier League titles wins, will put pen to paper on a two-year deal worth £480,000 a week, or £25million a year.
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.
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.
“He is a United legend and the fans still sing his name at every game.”
ionigeria.com can also confirm that the club’s website crashed as millions of fans tried to learn more about the comeback.