12 years later, Cristiano Ronaldo is a Manchester United player again. It's a surreal feeling to have one of the best footballers ever back in the Premier League, but the process of him coming back to Old Trafford took some convincing from a key figure.

Cristiano Ronaldo spoke with United in his first official interview since reuniting with the club and made it clear that Sir Alex Ferguson was the main factor in this decision. Via manutd.com:

“As everybody knows, since I signed for Manchester [United] at 18, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key. I remember when we played against Manchester when I was at Sporting Lisbon. For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football for me. He helped me a lot, he taught me many things, and in my opinion of course he had a big role because the relationship that we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an unbelievable person. I really like him a lot and he was the main key for me to be in the position that I am, that I signed for Manchester United.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo joined the English giants at the tender age of 18 and went on to become one of the greatest players to ever wear a Manchester United shirt, bagging 84 goals in 196 appearances under Ferguson. It was the place where the 36-year-old built his legacy, winning numerous league titles and Champions League trophies along the way.

While Ferguson isn't directly involved with United anymore, he still attends every single match and will go down as one of the greatest managers ever. While it's hard to know what to expect from Cristiano Ronaldo in his second stint at Old Trafford, he's still more than capable of scoring goals as he won the Serie A Golden Boot last term.

His likely debut will come on September 11th against Newcastle when Premier League action proceeds following the international break.