The king is coming home.
After an agonizing wait, it has been confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be heading back to Old Trafford to face his former club Manchester United.
Ronaldo, 33, was sent off in the UEFA Champions League for Juventus last week at Valencia, but UEFA confirmed on Thursday that Ronaldo will only serve a one-game ban after he was given a straight red card for appearing to tap the head of Jeison Murillo.
With no VAR in use in the Champions League this season, Ronaldo’s harsh red card looked to have dashed his hopes of a United homecoming after his new side were drawn against them in Group H of the UCL this season.
It was believed that Ronaldo’s ban could have been extended by an extra game due to his heated reaction and failure to leave the pitch immediately at the Mestalla, but he will now be available to play against United on Oct. 23 and will only miss Juve’s clash against Young Boys on Oct. 2.
For neutrals, Juventus and fans of Ronaldo and Man United this is great news.
The Portuguese star led United to three-straight Premier League titles, the Champions League trophy in 2008 and is still revered by the Old Trafford faithful after scoring 118 goals in 292 games for the Red Devils.
With Sir Alex Ferguson back healthy and watching United games, plus Ronaldo’s former manager at Real Madrid and countryman Jose Mourinho in charge of United, we can expect one big Ronaldo love-in in late October.