'Not 100% Rational' - Arsene Wenger Says Man Utd Re-Signed Cristiano Ronaldo For 'More Than Just Sporting Reasons'

Ali Shibil Roshan
Ronaldo has re-signed for Man Utd
Ronaldo has re-signed for Man Utd / Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said Manchester United re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo for 'more than just sporting reasons', and believes the Red Devils' decision was 'not 100% rational'.

Man Utd pulled off one of the shocks of the 2021 summer transfer window when they landed Ronaldo from Juventus. The Portuguese superstar, who had previously plied his trad at the Old Trafford-outfit between 2003 and 2009, has now re-joined the club 12 years after he left them for Real Madrid.

While Ronaldo, 36, is still considered as one of the best footballers in the world, Wenger feels Man Utd's decision to sign him was not just for sporting reasons, but also for emotional reasons.

"This is a love story that you want to see," Wenger said on BILD LIVE [via Metro]. "[He was re-signed] for more than just sporting reasons, it’s also emotional. I think the decision is not 100% rational."

Wenger also said it would be a 'big challenge' to find the balance in the team following Ronaldo's Man Utd arrival. He said: "Finding a balance in the team is a big challenge. But the players with a lot of experience still score a lot."

Meanwhile, Ronaldo, who will wear the no.7 jersey at Man Utd, is expected to make his second debut for the side when they face Newcastle United in the Premier League on September 11 after the international break.