Back to Manchester United, Chanted "Viva Ronaldo!"
Manchester United fans belting out old favourite 'Viva Ronaldo!'
"The fans are the key of football. Now, with all the stadiums full of supporters. The Manchester United fans, they are the key and special. I know they still sing my music which has made me feel even more happy and my commitment is to give everything on the pitch and try to do my best, help the team score goals, make assists, win games, and I hope to see them very, very soon.” explained Cristiano Ronaldo to the media.
He is not so much a brand as an industry. And he trades on success.
Cristiano, a five-time Ballon D’or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the UEFA European Championship for his native Portugal. Cristiano is the first player to have won league titles in England, Spain and Italy. He was also the highest goalscorer in last season’s Serie A and won the golden boot at this year’s European Championship. In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.
A reason for rejoining
“For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football for me. He helped me a lot, he taught me many things, and in my opinion of course he had a big role because the relationship that we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an unbelievable person.
“I really like him a lot and he was the main key for me to be in the position that I am, that I signed for Manchester United.”
“I have a fantastic history with this amazing club. I was there at 18 years old and of course I’m so happy to be back home after 12 years.”
“My first domestic League, my first Cup, my first call to the Portuguese National team, my first Champions League, my first Golden Boot and my first Ballon d’Or, they were all born from this special connection between me and the Red Devils. History has been written in the past and history will be written once again! You have my word! I’m right here! I’m back where I belong! Let’s make it happen once again!"
The good and the bad of Ronaldo to United
At 36, Ronaldo is no longer as fearsome as he used to be in his prime at Real Madrid. His career has transitioned from a left winger to a left-sided striker through the years. At Manchester United, he will most likely displace Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial as the first-choice striker immediately.
His return will also herald a change in the way United operate on the pitch. Rather than a team that likes to zip at opposition players with the ball, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to transition his side to provide for Ronaldo. Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes suddenly have one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of football to ping balls to. Their assist numbers are likely to go up, although Fernandes will see fewer goals this season because of Ronaldo taking up freekick and penalty duties.
United’s pressing game at the top will also change. Ronaldo has never truly embraced pressing opposition players and to expect a change in that regard at this point of his career, would be foolhardy. The question will be whether he can score enough to justify the lack of hassling opposition defenders on the ball.
World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
Ronaldo grabbed his 110th goal in the 89th minute on Wednesday to move ahead of former Iran striker Ali Daei. Six minutes into stoppage time, Ronaldo made it 111 in 180 games to break Irish hearts after defender John Egan gave his nation the lead in the 45th.
“I’m very happy, not only because I beat the record but for the special moments that we had,” Ronaldo said.
He vowed on Wednesday to help Manchester United win major trophies again, calling his return to the club “the best decision” and the beginning of a new chapter. He also proved his ability with actions.
The Portugal forward sealed a move back to United, where he previously spent six seasons between 2003-09 and won eight major honours, from Juventus this week on a two-year deal with the option of an additional year.
“(Back to Manchester United) I think it’s the best decision that I have made. It’s right on point in my opinion… I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things,” the 36-year-old said.