Patrice Evra joins legendary former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for a meal in Manchester after the pair helped persuade Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford
- Ronaldo formalised homecoming on the last day of the summer transfer window
- The former United defender Patrice Evra revealed his conversation with Ronaldo
- The Portuguese told Evra he was returning hours before move was confirmed
- Sir Alex also contacted Ronaldo to persuade him not to join Manchester City
Patrice Evra joined Sir Alex Ferguson for a meal in Manchester after the pair helped to convince Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo confirmed his ‘homecoming’ to United on the final day of the summer transfer window, moving from Juventus for £19.4million back to the club where he made his name.
And Evra posted a picture of him with legendary former Red Devils manager Sir Alex on social media, joking that he had met ‘the Pope’.
Patrice Evra (left) joined Sir Alex Ferguson (second left) for a meal in Manchester after the pair helped convince star forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, to return to his former club from Juventus
His Instagram post read: ‘Me: “Mon coeur (my love) we’re going to have lunch with the Pope”. Margauxalexandra: “Cool we going to Italy..” Me: “Nope he live (sic) in #Manchester” #ilovethisgame #positive4evra #siralexferguson #manchesterunited’.
The picture shows Evra, along with his partner, Dutch model Margaux Alexandra, and four-month-old son Lilas flanking Ferguson in a restaurant, after Evra played in the Soccer Aid charity match at the Etihad Stadium.
All of them were smiling widely and the pair could have been toasting their role in bringing Ronaldo back to the red half of Manchester following his stellar first spell from 2003-2009, which saw him earn a then-record £80m move to Real Madrid.
Evra posted a screenshot of his WhatsApp chat with Ronaldo, where the Portuguese admitted he would rejoin the Red Devils hours before his move was confirmed on transfer deadline day
Evra played alongside Ronaldo during the Portuguese’s trophy-laden first spell at Old Trafford
United’s fierce rivals City were linked with a move for the 36-year-old, before former club United stepped in to hijack the move, in part thanks to Ferguson and Evra.
Ferguson is understood to have called him personally, urging him not to tarnish his reputation by moving to Pep Guardiola’s side, and Evra revealed a WhatsApp conversation where Ronaldo admitted he was rejoining the Red Devils.
Hours before his move was confirmed, Ronaldo said: ‘I’m gonna play in (sic) our club,’ leading Evra to post a screenshot of their chat on Instagram, saying: ‘People have to calm down sometimes! He say (sic) he’s coming home. Relaxxx man’.
Sir Alex is understood to have called Ronaldo personally to persuade him to return to United
And the Portugal captain himself paid tribute to Ferguson’s influence after he joined the club.
He said: ‘My first domestic League, my first Cup, my first call to the National team, my first Champions League, my first Golden Boot and my first Ballon d’Or, they were all born from this special connection between me and the Red Devils.
‘History has been written in the past and history will be written once again! You have my word! I’m right here! I’m back where I belong! Let’s make it happen once again! PS – Sir Alex, this one is for you…’
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