Cristiano Ronaldo releases statements on his departure from Juventus to Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo has penned an emotional goodbye message to Juventus fans ahead of his return to Manchester United.

On Friday, it was announced that United have agreed a deal to re-sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner from the Italian champions.

Ronaldo’s impending return to Old Trafford brings about the end of a three-year stay in Turin, which he reflected on in a heartfelt Instagram post.

Alongside a highlight video of his time at the Allianz Stadium, he wrote: “Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe.

“I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.

“The ‘tiffosi bianconeri’ always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition.

“In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.

“I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, tiffosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart.”

Ronaldo, 36, revealed to Juventus earlier this week that he wished to move on to pastures new.

That prompted defending Premier League champions Manchester City to weigh up a move for his services.

City, however, pulled out of the race for the forward’s signature after it emerged United had made overtures to re-sign their former talisman.