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Cristiano Ronaldo agrees to appear in Wayne Rooney testimonial

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Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to return to Old Trafford to take part in Wayne Rooney's Manchester United testimonial next year, according to the Daily Star's chief sports writer Jeremy Cross.

It was announced earlier today that a Red Devils fan group had made an official request to have Rooney's services to the club recognised. That request was granted with a match set to take part at Old Trafford on August 3, 2016.

The opponents are yet to be decided although an Everton or England XI will surely come as no surprise. But the opponents won't be the main attraction, and, potentially, neither will Rooney.

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According to Cross, Rooney called his old team-mate Ronaldo to ask him if he would be willing to make a brief return to Old Trafford and pull on the Manchester United shirt once again.

He agreed and now fans have permission to get excited.

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A source told the same report: "Ronaldo is a busy man but there was no way he would miss something like this.

"It promises to be an all-star cast, but Ronaldo will be the biggest of the lot. He might even upstage Wayne himself."

Recognition of a legend

Rooney has struggled to impress for Manchester United this season with a number of fans calling for him to be dropped after another underwhelming performance in Sunday's match against Man City.

His form may be out of sorts at the moment, but the 30-year-old is likely to be held in high regard when he eventually hangs up his boots. Despite not reaching the dizzy heights of Real Madrid's stalwart Ronaldo, he is likely to end his career as Manchester United's and England's all-time top goalscorer.

But the chance to see Ronaldo in a red shirt again will surely be the biggest selling point when tickets are released.

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