'Welcome to Manchester' billboards put up to mark Cristiano Ronaldo return, as Man Utd get revenge for Tevez posters
A NUMBER of Cristiano Ronaldo-themed billboards have been erected around Manchester to welcome the star back to Manchester United.
United announced a deal had been agreed to sign Ronaldo a few days ago.
Hours before that development CR7 had been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, but he had his heart set on Old Trafford.
And now United are using the landmark signing to wind up their city neighbours.
One billboard has emulated the infamous 'Welcome to Manchester' poster that was used by City to welcome Carlos Tevez to Eastlands after he left United.
Courtesy of SPORTBible, Manchester Piccadilly train station now displays an image of Ronaldo with outstretched arms on a red background – in exactly the same style as the Tevez poster of 2009.
But Ronaldo can also be found in other locations around the city.
Another billboard erected by boohooMAN also bears the words 'Welcome back to Manchester Ronaldo' – with the star's name in big, bold red letters.
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Another huge poster shows a photo of Ronaldo from the early days of his first United spell, in the distinctive Vodafone sponsored shirt.
United are understood to be paying a £21.4million transfer fee for Ronaldo once he has completed a medical and agreed personal terms.
The 36-year-old is currently in Portugal where he will complete his medical.
And it has been revealed CR7 held secret talks with United about a move for months, despite the interest from City.
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