FOOTBALL idol Cristiano Ronaldo flew in by private jet for his Manchester United return — and set up home in a stunning multi- million pound mansion.

The Portuguese superstar’s plane touched down at the city’s airport at 5.40pm on Thursday after travelling from Faro.

Cristiano Ronaldo has touched down in Manchester after arriving by private jet

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Cristiano Ronaldo has touched down in Manchester after arriving by private jetCredit: Splash News
Ronaldo has set up home in a new seven-bedroom mansion

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Ronaldo has set up home in a new seven-bedroom mansion

He was met on the runway by United officials and a security team and whisked away to a seven- bedroom countryside hideaway.

The luxury property boasts a high-tech fitness complex complete with pool and jacuzzi — allowing Ronaldo to work on his fitness ahead of his Old Trafford homecoming next Saturday against Newcastle United.

A six-strong security team has accompanied him and is patrolling the property, which the club has rented after they pulled off his stunning £12.85million transfer.

Ronaldo, 36, will spend five days in quarantine before going to United’s Carrington training ground to meet his new team-mates on Wednesday.

A source told The Sun the Ronaldo effect had already touched Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s trophy-hungry squad.

He said: “The players are so excited about the arrival of Ronaldo.

“He has delivered a simple message to them which is ‘We need to win the league’.”

Ronaldo arrived in Manchester 24 hours before his partner Georgina Rodriguez, 27, posted a series of photos on Instagram of her and their four children travelling by private jet.

The pictures carried a heart emoji above the Manchester location tag.

She also posted a snap of a “welcome” Cadbury’s chocolate bar bearing the Manchester United logo.

Yesterday Ronaldo’s minders were pictured collecting a meal for him at a restaurant in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

 

A source said: “Ronaldo and his family are very excited to be moving back to the UK.

“He loved his time in Manchester and Georgina previously worked in the UK as a nanny before moving to Spain and meeting him.

“They know all about the weather, but they also know how welcoming Brits are and look forward to their children experiencing UK life.”

United announced they had agreed transfer terms for Ronaldo — dubbed “The Second Coming of Crist” — on August 27 after his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, 79, personally telephoned him.

It had looked like Ronaldo could have been on his way to rivals Manchester City but United boss Ed Woodward sanctioned a two-year deal for the star, who will earn around £450,000 a week.

Ronaldo then showed off his wow factor on Wednesday when he scored twice including a 96th-minute winner in a World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.

United first signed Ronaldo after the Red Devils played his boyhood team Sporting Lisbon in a friendly in August 2003.

The club splashed out £12million and immediately handed Ronaldo the iconic No 7 shirt.

He become a fan favourite during a six-year stint at the club in which he won the Premier League three times, the Champions League, the FA Cup, the League Cup twice and the Fifa Club World Cup.

He scored 118 goals in 292 games before leaving in 2009 to join Real Madrid for £80million.

He spent nine seasons in Spain before moving to Juventus in Italy in 2018.

Ronaldo — dubbed CR7 — has already told of his happiness at reclaiming the club’s No 7 shirt and declared: “I’m really glad and looking forward to starting my first game.”

Big wait to land 7 shirt

By SARAH RIDLEY

HUNDREDS of supporters queued outside the shop at Old Trafford yesterday hoping to buy the new Ronaldo shirt.

Smiling Jemma Sharples and her son Ethan were among those lucky enough to bag one of the No 7 tops.

The club website is warning of a wait until November to buy some shirts with Ron’s name on because of the high demand.

Adidas says the pandemic has led to factory closures in Vietnam where many are made.

Ronaldo jetted into Manchester by private jet on Thursday night

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Ronaldo jetted into Manchester by private jet on Thursday nightCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
The mansion Ronaldo is staying in is set up to help him maintain his fitness

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The mansion Ronaldo is staying in is set up to help him maintain his fitness
Ronaldo's family flew in on Friday to join him in Manchester

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Ronaldo’s family flew in on Friday to join him in Manchester
Ronaldo is signing for the red side of Manchester after City attempted to buy him

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Ronaldo is signing for the red side of Manchester after City attempted to buy him
Georgina Rodriguez shared a welcome present from Manchester United

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Georgina Rodriguez shared a welcome present from Manchester United
Ronaldo hopes to make his second Manchester United debut next Saturday against Newcastle

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Ronaldo hopes to make his second Manchester United debut next Saturday against Newcastle
Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed as number 7 with new Man Utd shirt



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