Ed Woodward’s pivotal involvement in Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Real Madrid ahead of his departure from Manchester United.
The chief executive of Manchester United played a key role in gaining Cristiano Ronaldo’s services.
Cristiano Ronaldo has re-signed for Manchester United 18 years after signing for the Red Devils in 2003 – and a guy who is viewed as a villain by the club’s fans played a key role in the agreement.
Manchester United confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo’s dramatic homecoming to kick off Deadline Day, as the Portuguese star returned to Old Trafford after a 12-year absence.
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 after leaving United and has since established himself as one of the best players of all time.
Despite returning at the age of 36, Ronaldo was Serie A’s leading goal scorer last season, edging out Romelu Lukaku, and rejoins United in a £25 million agreement.
Ed Woodward will stand down as executive vice-chairman at the end of 2021, but he was instrumental in bringing Ronaldo to the club, perhaps the best leaving gift.
Following a massive reaction over their plan to join the European Super League, United announced in April that Woodward would leave down at the end of 2021.
While Woodward opted to resign, Joel Glazer promised United fans that he will invest in world-class players and back manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to return the club to glory.
This promise was undoubtedly fulfilled with the signing of Ronaldo, but as Dharmesh Sheth of Sky Sports showed, Woodward played a key role.
“Ed Woodward had a huge part in bringing this agreement over the line in terms of structure, and then putting it to the owners to make sure they could authorize the deal,” the reporter stated.
Over the years, Woodward has faced a barrage of criticism and has even had his property vandalized by enraged United fans.
However, guaranteeing that the re-signing of Ronaldo is sanctioned is undoubtedly a decent approach to regain the support of the fans, even if only momentarily.
Woodward’s efforts were aided by famous manager Sir Alex Ferguson, whom Ronaldo has referred to as “my father in football.”
Sheth also discussed Ferguson’s emotional role in the deal on Sky Sports, saying: “The role that Sir Alex Ferguson played with.”Brinkwire Summary News.”