Radamel Falcao joins Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo hails arrival of striker

Ballon d'Or winner says former club did 'very well' to buy a 'top player'

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has praised Manchester United for their deadline day loan move for Radamel Falcao.

The 28-year-old Colombian arrived at Old Trafford on Monday night for a total package worth around £19m - £6m on a fee to Monaco and the rest on his wages, thought to be around £250,000-a-week.

Manchester United, whose spending topped £150m after Daley Blind also arrived at Old Trafford, have an option to buy the striker who has scored 155 goals in his last 200 matches in club football.

Radamel Falcao is presented as a Manchester United player


"He is very good player. I think Manchester did very well," Ronaldo told the Daily Mail at a TAG Heuer event with Jenson Button.

"I don’t think he is the wrong type of player. He is a top player so I don’t think it is a wrong buy. I think he will be a fantastic buy. Manchester have not started well, two points, so they need quality players and Falcao is a quality player."

Louis van Gaal had a busy day, along with the arrivals of Falcao and Blind, five players including Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, left the club.

Speaking exclusively to The Independent Falcao said his move to Old Trafford was a "dream come true".

"It’s a dream come true to join a club like Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world," he said.


"I’ve always dreamt about playing for one of the truly great teams and winning lots of trophies. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you can’t turn that down. I’m a huge fan of English football and watch it whenever I can. Now the reality is I’m going to play there."