Stars who returned to their former clubs

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Cristiano Ronaldo has completed a return to Manchester United, while Didier Drogba and Paul Pogba did similar in their careers. Here are 12 stars who returned to previous clubs they had played for!

Twelve years after leaving the Red Devils to make a record-breaking transfer to Real Madrid, the Portuguese forward has now rejoined the club where he rose to fame.

With Ronaldo initially reported to have agreed a move to Manchester City, the 36-year-old's transfer to the Red Devils was unexpected, to say the least, but the club's fans are certainly excited to see their former star back at the Theatre of Dreams. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see 12 stars who returned to their former teams

He is not the first player to return to an old stomping ground, though.

Chelsea legend Drogba left the London club in 2012 after winning 10 trophies with the Blues, including the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League title.

Due to the Ivorian striker's role in those triumphs, he was regarded as a vital cog in his team's attack, but surprisingly left the Premier League club to play for Shanghai Shenhua.  

Two years later, however, the African icon found himself back at Stamford Bridge when Jose Mourinho came calling, and helped Chelsea win another EPL title in the 2014/15 campaign.  

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Similar to Ronaldo, Pogba also left United a few years back, choosing to join Juventus in 2012 after reportedly rejecting a new contract from the Red Devils due to a lack of game time, with the French midfielder making only seven first-team appearances for Alex Ferguson's side before moving to Turin.   

During the France star's time at the Serie A club, though, he earned a reputation as one of the best midfielders in the game and caught Mourinho's attention, who ensured that United paid a club-record fee of £89 million (R1.7 billion) to bring him back to Manchester. 

Other top footballers who returned to their old clubs include Romelu Lukaku, who recently moved back to Chelsea, and Wayne Rooney, who had two stints at Everton – scroll through the gallery above to see more stars who did similar! 

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Stars who returned to their former clubs