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No longer the Ronaldo he wanted to be' - Juventus rival Ferrero explains reasons for Man Utd move

The Sampdoria president claims a return to England for the Portuguese was the best option for all concerned during the summer window

Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning return to Manchester United during the summer transfer window was the best option for all concerned, claims Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero, with a former Serie A rival of the Portuguese claiming he is "no longer the Ronaldo he wanted to be".

A five-time Ballon d'Or winner brought a three-year stint in Italian football to a close when pushing for the exits and securing an emotional return to Old Trafford in a deal worth €23 million (£20m/$27m).

Juve, who failed to land Champions League honours with an all-time great on their books, were happy to rid themselves of the 36-year-old's salary as he entered the final year of his contract, and Ferrero claims the agreement with United made sense to all parties.

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