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United complete double signing

Published: Wednesday 13 August 2003
Manchester United FC have spent €25.9m to sign Brazil's Kleberson and Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Published: Wednesday 13 August 2003

United complete double signing

Manchester United FC have spent €25.9m to sign Brazil's Kleberson and Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United FC have completed the signings of Brazil midfield player Kleberson and Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Permit acquired
United completed the signing of Kleberson on a five-year contract this afternoon after he was granted a work permit to play in England. United had already agreed a €8.4m fee for 24-year-old with Club Atlético Paranaense and personal terms with the player. United initially sealed the deal more than three weeks ago when Kleberson, who played five games as Brazil won the FIFA World Cup last summer, passed a medical.

Others interested
"To be the first Brazilian to sign for United is special," Kleberson told United's official website. "This is the biggest opportunity of my life. I had offers from other clubs but they weren't Manchester United."

Five-year contract
Earlier today, the 18-year-old Ronaldo signed a five-year contract after the two teams agreed a €17.5m fee, payable over two years. Ronaldo, who has been capped by his country at various youth levels, played against United in a pre-season friendly last week.

Player pressure
"After we played Sporting last week the lads in the dressing room talked about him constantly, and on the plane back from the game they urged me to sign him – that's how highly they rated him," United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the club's website. "He is one of the most exciting young players I’ve ever seen."

Looking for success
Also speaking to the club's official website, Ronaldo said: "I am very happy to be signing for the best team in the world, and especially proud to be the first Portuguese player to join Manchester United. I look forward to helping the team achieve even more success in the years to come." 

Last updated: 13/08/03 14.01CET

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