There was no sign that Cristiano was thinking about leaving at the time, but that all changed on June 11, 2009, when United declared that he had "indicated his intention to depart" and that Real Madrid's world record PS80 million deal had been accepted. The move was completed in less than three weeks. It is thought that Jose Mourinho wanted to replace him with Liverpool's Xabi Alonso.
Ronaldo has said many times that he wants to be a one-club man and he hasn't changed his mind since he moved to United. However, the fact that he didn't give much of a fight to stay at the club after it became clear that there were no funds available for him to improve his contract made some people believe that he was only there because it was a profitable move for him.
After leaving United, Ronaldo went on to win another league title with Madrid. He also helped them win the UEFA Champions League in 2011 and 2012. In July 2013, he returned to Old Trafford for the first time since his departure from the club as part of Portugal's squad for the European Championships. Portugal lost every match they took part in (including the final) without Ronaldo scoring any goals.
Since then, Ronaldo has continued to shine for Madrid while also making a name for himself back in England where he currently plays for Juventus.
Real Madrid took a back seat as Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus in a blockbuster deal during the summer of 2018. Following his departure, the Portugal international was not properly replaced in the transfer window, and Los Blancos paid the ultimate price for suffering a trophyless season. They did, however, pull up their socks in 2019. The club returned to the top of the table with an impressive display of attacking football, scoring goals from all over the pitch. As a result, manager Zinedine Zidane has been given complete control of transfers and player affairs by Real Madrid's new owner, American technology magnate Carlos Cubelo.
Christiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United from Spanish club Porto for $125 million after just one season at Real Madrid. The Portuguese superstar is without a doubt one of the best players in the world today, and his arrival at Old Trafford turned out to be one of the biggest mistakes in Premier League history. Within months of his move, reports began to emerge that Ronaldo was unhappy at United and wanted to leave the club. In February 2001, just 12 months after his move, Ronaldo announced he was moving back to Spain, this time to Barcelona. He had made a mistake going to Old Trafford; now he's making another by leaving Camp Nou too soon.
Ronaldo signed for Italian champions Juventus from Real Madrid for $100 million in July 2018. The two clubs reached an agreement that would see the Spanish star join Juve ahead of the upcoming season.
As the summer 2003 transfer window approached, Manchester United appeared eager to sell Beckham to Barcelona, and the two clubs even announced that they had reached an agreement for Beckham's transfer, but he instead signed a four-year contract with reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid for EUR37 million. After leaving Old Trafford, Beckham joined LA Galaxy as a player under former manager Alex Ferguson.
His debut for the club on August 4, 2004 came in a friendly match against Liverpool at Stanford Stadium; he scored one goal in that game, which Los Angeles won 2–1. In his first season with the club, Beckham helped lead the team to the MLS Cup final, where they lost 1–0 to New York Red Bulls. He also won the MLS MVP award that season.
Beckham left LA Galaxy at the end of the 2008 season to join London-based football club Manchester City, where he would play out his career until retiring at the end of the 2013 season. During his time at City, he became the most successful foreign player in the club's history with six trophies.
After retirement, Beckham returned to his native England to manage English soccer club LA Galaxy again. He resigned from this position in January 2015.
During his career, Beckham has won several awards, including the UEFA Champions League "Player of the Tournament" award in 2007 while playing for Manchester United.
Juventus (Ronaldo departed Real Madrid with 16 titles and 450 goals after joining Juventus for a cost of $117 million). Ronaldo has agreed to a four-year contract with Juventus. This would most likely be his final club. He was expected to sign a deal with United at the end of July before the start of the 2019/20 season but instead he announced his departure from Old Trafford.
Ronaldo's release clause with Madrid is estimated to be around $300 million. The Italian club managed to negotiate his price down to just under $100 million, which is a record for a transfer fee in European football.
In addition to being a great player, Ronaldo is also known for his incredible career earnings. He has earned over $400 million during his playing days so far. That makes him the highest earning athlete of all time.
However, it is not only his financial success that makes him one of the best players in the world. Ronaldinho has said that if it were not for Ronaldo, he would never have become a player too. He added that despite not having played with Ronaldo, he believes he can reach almost everything Cristiano Ronaldo does on the field.
It is safe to say then that Ronaldo is one of the greatest players ever. He is on par with some of the greatest names out there including Messi and Maradona.
He desired to depart. Playing for Real Madrid had always been his goal, and they made no secret of their desire for him. Ronaldo had requested to depart a year before making the transfer, but Fergie persuaded him to remain another year. He won another league championship and improved as a player. In 2004–05, he scored 41 goals in all competitions for Manchester United.
Ronaldo was paid a reported $5 million per season by United. The club believed that with time, he would agree to stay at Old Trafford but he was not willing to wait.
He wanted to play in Spain, where his family was from, and the Spanish league is more lucrative than the English one. Given this fact, it isn't hard to understand why United decided to sell him. They made a good profit on his sale and didn't have to spend much money to replace him.
However, the decision wasn't appreciated by everyone. Some fans believe that Ferguson should have kept him even after he learned that he was going to be sold to Real Madrid.
The reason given for Ronaldo's departure was that he wanted to play in Spain and the British media were skeptical about this claim. They thought that Ferguson had done so as not to upset the player by telling him that he was being sold.