Cristiano Ronaldo posts goodbye message to Juventus supporters

Max Cooper
Cristiano Ronaldo has said his goodbyes to Juventus fans
Cristiano Ronaldo has said his goodbyes to Juventus fans / Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo has penned a goodbye letter to Juventus supporters after completing a shock return to former club Manchester United.

The 36-year-old left the Bianconeri after becoming disillusioned in Turin, informing coach Massimiliano Allegri that he wanted a new challenge. Manchester City made a move to sign the Portuguese forward, but the Red Devils swooped in to bring him back home, 12 years after he'd originally headed off for Real Madrid.

Man Utd confirmed his return to Old Trafford on Friday, and the forward then posted an emotional goodbye letter on Instagram, wishing Juventus supporters the best for the future while looking back on a 'pretty beautiful story together.'

"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 scored 101 goals in 134 appearances for Juventus, firing them to two league titles in his three seasons at the club. He was brought in to try and end the Bianconeri's Champions League drought, but he failed to bring them even remotely close to glory - crashing out in disappointing circumstances every year.

He now returns to Man Utd, where he first burst onto the scene to become one of the biggest icons in the sport's history.