CRISTIANO RONALDO has packed in his Italian Job and returned to Manchester completing a fairytale transfer.
But his life off the pitch will be very different from when he first signed for the Red Devils as a fresh-faced 18 year old in 2003.
Cristiano Ronaldo is BACK at Manchester United – but life off the pitch will be different to when he was last here in 2003Credit: Getty
The power couple will be hoping to continue living the high-life in ManchesterCredit: Instagram / @georginagio
Ronaldo is leaving a cushty life in Italy for a return to ManchesterCredit: Instagram
Ronaldo was heralded as a major talent when United bought him from Sporting 18 years agoCredit: Eamon and James Clarke
And the great man was spot on as the Portuguese ace has cemented himself as one of the best ever.
The 36 year old will rock up the British shores with stunning partner Georgina Rodriguez and his four children.
Here, SunSport checks out what life could be like for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back in the Premier League.
A TASTE OF ITALY
There will be plenty of Italian restaurant options available for Ronaldo if he starts to miss the food.
Ronaldo once waited 40 minutes for a table in Turin and was described by chef Davide Fiore as a ‘decent boy’ for not kicking up a fuss.
The upmarket Italian eatery is at the top of Manchester’s prestigious King Street, and it shouldn’t put too much of a dent in £500,000-a-week Ronaldo’s wallet.
The cheapest pizza on the menu is £15, but Ronny might fancy ‘splashing out’ on the £80 chateubriand.
Cristiano will be expecting decent service if he dines at pal Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant Rosso
Rosso will have to put on some private dining with style for family Ronaldo
Rosso is an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Manchester
Ronaldo spends a lot of time on board his £5.5m superyacht floating in the idyllic Italian waters.
But now he can sample a river cruise on the Manchester Ship Canal with a private hire boat for just £230 an hour.
And these can come fully serviced with staff to cater the multi-millionaire’s and even a DJ for entertainment.
But for the ultimate luxury barge experience, Ronaldo could hire Prestige Worldwide’s six-berth beauty.
The Vatten Hus has two king-sized bedrooms and rich furnishings throughout.
And it’s on Airbnb for only £250 a night. Surely no better way to view the delights of the north west.
Cristiano and Georgina enjoy life on the high seasCredit: Instagram / @georginagio
The footballer might have some trouble finding some parking for his £5.5 superyacht in ManchesterCredit: Instagram
Ronaldo and Georgina could swap superyacht for ‘super barge’Credit: EliotPress/MEGA
There is a luxury barge that Ronny could hire out on the canal
Some of the canal boats can cater for a DJ and staff tooCredit: Getty – Contributor
Ronaldo will be swapping his secluded Turin mansion for a huge home in the UK.
And he could well plump for the footballer-packed village of Alderly Edge.
His old Manchester United team-mates Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, David Beckham and Dwight Yorke have all lived in the leafy location.
And Ronaldo will know his way around – he used to live in a £3.5m home in the area when he was first at United.
The 36 year old might be a bit gutted at leaving this stunning Turin mansion behindCredit: Furbatto.it
That had five large bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool, steam room, jacuzzi, gym and cinema room.
But that might not be big enough any more.
The good news for the former Juventus star is there is currently a stunning £6.5m mansion up for sale on Rightmove with 9,500 sq ft to play with.
If that gets snapped up, there are three more properties all with six bedrooms ranging from £2.5m to £3.2m.
Ronaldo used to live in this £3.5m property in Alderley Edge in his first stint at UnitedCredit: refer to caption
The mansion of course has an obligatory swimming poolCredit: refer to caption
Ronaldo might be looking for a bit more room this time around with his familyCredit: refer to caption
SHOP TILL YOU DROP
Manchester has everything in terms of shopping – but there’s no chance of Ronaldo getting a hassle-free trip out.
Turin shopping could be replaced by a trip to Harvey Nichols. And he’ll even be able to hire out the restaurant there if he likes.
The Manchester Arndale is a focal point of shopping in the city with almost 200 stores over three floors.
And The Trafford Centre is another bustling hive of activity. But Ronaldo would have to be in pretty decent disguise to get away with splashing the cash at these venues.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo fancy a shopping trip to the Manchester Arndale Centre?Credit: Alamy
Ronaldo would struggle to enjoy a hassle-free shop at the ArndaleCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Will Manchester be able to offer Georgina her fashion choices?Credit: The Mega Agency
Turin will seem a world away from Manchester for the happy coupleCredit: Getty – Contributor
HEIGHT OF FASHION
Ronaldo’s stunning other half Georgina is a big fan of Milan’s fashion shows.
But London has its own eclectic mix of catwalk extravaganzas too.
The Argentine will be hoping the UK capital can provide her with some ideas for her fashion range OM by G.
And a hassle-free trip down to London from Manchester Piccadilly on the train, first class of course, is only £163.10 off-peak.
Georgina is well into her fashion, and even has her own clothing lineCredit: The Mega Agency
The stunning Argentine could well pop along to London Fashion WeekCredit: AFP or licensors
Georgina could get a train, first class of course, from Manchester to London for Fashion WeekCredit: Getty
Last time he was in Manchester as an 18 year old hobbies off the pitch will have been very different to today.
Despite the strict stewardship of Fergie at the United helm, it’s likely Ronaldo enjoyed the party scene when allowed.
But now with four kids in tow, he might be more interested in spending time at the Sea Life Centre or Legoland.
Ronaldo can take Georgina, Cristiano Jr, Mateo, Eva Maria and Alana Martina to both attractions for a grand total of £163.70.
The Portugal superstar could well keep a lower profile now then his first stint in ManchesterCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
Ronaldo’s kids might enjoy a day out at LegolandCredit: Alamy
Cristiano Jr could fancy a spin on Legoland’s carsCredit: Legoland
Ronaldo can double-up with a ticket to see both attractionsCredit: Simon Jones – The Sun
REST AND RELAXATION
If Ronny wants some down time he could sign up for The Mere Golf Club in Cheshire.
And while he is out hitting balls Georgina could relax in the spa.
There is always the option of the 179-cap Portugal international recuperating in his own HOTEL of course.
He is opening his first Manchester hotel in 18-months and sources say he is keen to ‘quickly widen’ his portfolio of properties.
Cristiano and Georgina could spend some time at the Mere Golf Club and resortCredit: Handout
Earlier this year, planning chiefs in Manchester gave the nod for Ronaldo to open a new luxury hotel with a rooftop bar overlooking the city’s Piccadilly Gardens district.
The Portuguese hotel group Pestana are building the 150-bedroom ‘high-end lifestyle’ hotel on the corner of Piccadilly and Newton Street.
The Manc building will become the seventh Pestana branded hotel in the world and they all carry Ronaldo’s iconic ‘CR7’ initials – alluding to the shirt number he has worn throughout his footballing career.
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