FOOTBALL idol Cristiano Ronaldo flew in by private jet for his Manchester United return — and set up home in a stunning multi- million pound mansion.
The Portuguese superstar’s plane touched down at the city’s airport at 5.40pm on Thursday after travelling from Faro.
He was met on the runway by United officials and a security team and whisked away to a seven- bedroom countryside hideaway.
The luxury property boasts a high-tech fitness complex complete with pool and jacuzzi — allowing Ronaldo to work on his fitness ahead of his Old Trafford homecoming next Saturday against Newcastle United.
A six-strong security team has accompanied him and is patrolling the property, which the club has rented after they pulled off his stunning £12.85million transfer.
Ronaldo, 36, will spend five days in quarantine before going to United’s Carrington training ground to meet his new team-mates on Wednesday.
A source told The Sun the Ronaldo effect had already touched Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s trophy-hungry squad. He said: “The players are so excited about the arrival of Ronaldo.
“He has delivered a simple message to them which is ‘We need to win the league’.”
Ronaldo arrived in Manchester 24 hours before his partner Georgina Rodriguez, 27, posted a series of photos on Instagram of her and their four children travelling by private jet.
The pictures carried a heart emoji above the Manchester location tag.
She also posted a snap of a “welcome” Cadbury’s chocolate bar bearing the Manchester United logo.
Yesterday Ronaldo’s minders were pictured collecting a meal for him at a restaurant in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
The club splashed out £12million and immediately handed Ronaldo the iconic No 7 shirt.
He become a fan favourite during a six-year stint at the club in which he won the Premier League three times, the Champions League, the FA Cup, the League Cup twice and the Fifa Club World Cup.
He scored 118 goals in 292 games before leaving in 2009 to join Real Madrid for £80million.
He spent nine seasons in Spain before moving to Juventus in Italy in 2018.