- Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to land in England on Friday and the 36-year-old will observe the mandatory five-day isolation
- Reports have it that Manchester United’s request for the sensation to be exempted from isolation was rejected by the British government
- Ronaldo will wait until three days before Manchester United’s home game vs Newcastle before joining teammates in training
The British government have denied Manchester United’s request for Cristiano Ronaldo’s isolation exemption, 90min reports.
The Portuguese sensation will observe the mandatory five-day isolation after he arrives England from international duty with Portugal.
However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has left the Portugal camp early enough after receiving a yellow card while he celebrated his second goal over Ireland.
He is now suspended for their World Cup clash against Azerbaijan on September 7 and therefore not needed in the camp.
Latest reports have it that Ronaldo has now been informed that as soon as he lands in England on Friday, he will proceed on a five-day self-isolation as per government guidance when travelling from Portugal.
Consequently, the striker will only join up with his teammates barely three days before their home game against Newcastle in the Premier League.
Speaking to the club's official website, Ronaldo stated he was excited to don the red of Man Utd again via Sky Sports:
"I have a fantastic history with this amazing club. I was there at 18 years old and of course I’m so happy to be back home after 12 years. So I’m really glad and looking forward to start my first game.
“I moved from Juve now to Manchester, it’s a new chapter, I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things."
Ronaldo informs Khabib of his United return
Meanwhile, retired UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has claimed that he already had prior notice of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Premier League club Manchester United.
The 32-year-old stated that the Portuguese legend had informed him of his impending return to England a month earlier as the Russian believes United are the best place for the striker.
Messi escapes career-threatening tackle
Legit.ng earlier reported that Paris Saint-German star, Lionel Messi, luckily escaped a dangerous tackle during Argentina’s 3-1 win over Venezuela in a World Cup qualifying encounter, SPORTbible reports.
Goals from Lautaro Martínez, Joaquin Correa and Angel Correa were enough to hand La Albiceleste all crucial three points after the final whistle.
But Adrian Martinez handed Messi a nasty challenge in the first half and upon VAR review, he was shown a straight red.