In the early hours of today, Manchester United confirmed the re-signing of arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo for a mere sum of €25M from Serie-A giants Juventus. Even though there was still a year left in his contract Cristiano Ronaldo decided to leave the club to further pursue new challenges. Even at 36 you can see his ambitionto play at the top level football and there was just no other club Cristiano Ronaldo could have gone to.
Manchester United fans have been waiting for this reunion for over 12 years. No player since Ronaldo was ever able to carry the weight of being Manchester United No.7 and who else to lift the ‘No.7 curse’ none other than Ronaldo himself.
“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!https://www.instagram.com/p/CTO-ldLgiVr/
I’m right here!
I’m back where I belong!
Let’s make it happen once again!
PS Sir Alex, this one is for you…”
Cristiano Ronaldo posted this on his social media today, making the fans’ excitement reach another level and showing how much this club means to me and that he’s ready to break records and take Manchester United to glory once again.
A dive into the past
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United as a young prospect from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 who was a tricky winger who could shoot from both feet and would take on players for fun. By the end of his stint at Manchester United in 2009 Cristiano Ronaldo was by far the best player in the world winning the Ballon d’Or in 2008. Sir Alex Ferguson and the likes of Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand helped and developed Cristiano Ronaldo into becoming the finished product.
Cristiano Ronaldo who plays more as a striker now, in his older days started the development early at Manchester United getting a Total of 118 goals in 292 appearances predominantly from wide positions
Cristiano Ronaldo’s first 3 seasons were filled with progress and lighting up the Old Trafford crowd with flicks and tricks and scoring a total of 18 goals from 03/04- 05/06 which included the FA cup winner in 2003.
After Portugal’s performance in the 2006 world cup is when Cristiano Ronaldo started getting global recognition but extended his contract with Manchester United and had his highest goal-scoring season with 17 goals in 34 games.
Simply the best!
The final 2 years of Ronaldo’s first stint with Manchester United was when the fans witnessed the best in the world ensuring he leaves Manchester United with a legendary Status. In the 2007/08 season, Cristiano Ronaldo tallied a staggering total of 42 goals in all competitions scoring 31 goals in 34 premier league games and also the infamous header which gave Manchester United the lead in the champions league final which they went on to win in penalties
Ronaldo’s magical 2008 was rounded off with another string of individual honors. In October he was named FIFPro Player of the Year, and in December became the first United player since George Best in 1968 to be awarded the prestigious Ballon d’Or trophy. To cap it off, in January 2009, he became the first Red to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s final year at Manchester United had a delayed start due to an ankle injury that he picked up during the Euros. His campaign started in November and he still managed to score 18 goals in 33 premier league appearances and also scored outrageous long-distance goals in the Champions League Knockout stages against Porto and Arsenal that have gone down in the history books as a few of the best goals ever.
In this final season, Cristiano Ronaldo played an important hand in the team achieving a hat-trick of titles, this being the only second time it’s been done in the premier league era and the first one was also done by a Manchester United side from 98/99-00/01. Manchester United is the only club in the premier league to do a three-peat let alone do it twice and this was the perfect send-off for the Manchester United legend who was sold to Real Madrid for £80m in June 2009.
Honours & Award
Golden Boot: 2007/08
Player of the season: 2006/07 & 2007/08
Premier League : 2006/07, 2007,08 & 2008/09
Champions League: 2007/08
FA Cup: 2003/04
Carabao Cup: 2006/07, 2008/09