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In a surprising revelation, Gary Lineker has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo's late move to Manchester United this summer was completed in his back garden - and he even took got a picture of the deal happening.
He eventually penned on the dotted line, signing a two-year deal with the option to extend for a further year.
:100::100:@Cristiano made his #PL appearance today :muscle:#MUFC ' #MUNEVE pic.twitter.com/5TUwz0WR8R
- Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 2, 2021
Talks were wrapped up relatively quickly and two months later, Gary Lineker has spoken about how the deal was finalised in his back garden.
The Match of the Day presenter, who lives next door to Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, spoke to Micah Richards and Alan Shearer about the negotiations.
"I'll put my cards on the table - Ed Woodward is a good friend of mine and lives next door," Lineker said on the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast.
"He signed Cristiano Ronaldo when he was in my garden.
"When he walked in he was on the phone to Jorge Mendes (Ronaldo's agent) - I hope I'm not giving too much away.
"I have a fantastic picture of him sat on the phone to him which I might share one day with his permission."
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who scored 118 goals in 292 games during his first spell at Old Trafford, has already scored five goals in six games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
After scoring a brace on his debut against Newcastle, Ronaldo said it was "the best decision I made" in regards to his return.
"It was the right moment: I want to write history, help Manchester United have great results and win trophies," he told TeleFoot.
:heart: Those last-minute scenes >>>#MUFC ' @Cristiano pic.twitter.com/FPcraR9i7M
- Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 1, 2021
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Featured Image Credit: PA/Instagram - Cristiano Ronaldo
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