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The favourite son returns: Cristiano Ronaldo continues his love affair with Manchester United, scores twice on second home debut

It is still a doubt whether Cristiano Ronaldo will play all the games for the Manchester United this season but one thing that can be guaranteed is, whenever he steps onto the field, the crowd will be elated and goals will be expected, because, this is what great players do.

September 13, 2021: On August 16, 2003, a young 18-year-old boy from Portugal with blonde streaks and No. 7 on the back, stepped on to the Theatre of Dreams, made his debut for Manchester United and mesmerized everyone present in the stadium. He came in at the 60th minute of the game and produced one of the most magical football ever. Such was his dominance that, by the time the game got over, the crowd were singing and applauding the name of the 18-year-old prodigy, Cristiano Ronaldo. For the next six years, the chant of “Viva Ronaldo” echoed across the Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester united

On Saturday evening, the theatre of dreams echoed with the chants of “Viva Ronaldo” again as the Portuguese international made his second Manchester United debut. The fans were delirious, the atmosphere electric and the man from Madeira didn’t disappoint.

He scored his first goal at the brink of half-time, a typical poachers finish, his second goal showcased that the old man has still got what it takes to perform at the top of the premier league as he picked the pass from Luke Shaw, sprinted and drove forward and slipped the ball between the legs of the Newcastle goalkeeper, ran towards the Stretford end and unleashed his iconic celebration. The fans went crazy, the stadium echoed with the chants of the Portuguese.

It wasn’t everything, he dribbled past defenders, created chances brought out his step-overs as the crowd watched in awe. The stage was set before the game began, the stadium was dreaming again, the fans were covered with Ronaldo merchandise, there were flyers, banners, scarfs flying across the stadium and people with Ronaldo no.7 shirts all around.

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When Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his home club

Twelve years later Ronaldo returned to Manchester United as a Legend. At 36, the Portuguese comes back to his old club as one of the G.O.A.T. Over the past 12 years Cristiano scored a staggering amount of goals for both Club and Country, he went on to become the highest goal scorer in Champions League and International Football as well. Cristiano Ronaldo not only became one of the greatest footballers on the planet, but also became a brand of his own.

When Ronaldo signed on deadline day for Manchester United, he broke the Internet. Since his signature Manchester United have earned £193 million from Ronaldo shirt sales itself. Such has been his impact on the market that the Portuguese through his shirt sales, funded his transfer from Juventus.

Also Read: Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United: ManU finalises deal with Juventus for CR7’s return

CR7 back to Manchester united

On a night, when Old Trafford was at its peak, Ronaldo dazzled, amazed his fans and gave them a night to remember, as United breezed to a 4-1 victory over Newcastle, the fans saw some magic from their other Portuguese star, Bruno Fernandes and their homegrown talent Jesse Lingard, both of whom chipped in with beautiful goals.

After years and years of team building, Ole’s team looks set as a title contender and the inclusion of Ronaldo has made them favorites again. It is still a doubt whether Ronaldo will play all the games for the Red Devils this season but one thing that can be guaranteed is, whenever he steps onto the field, the crowd will be elated and goals will be expected, because, this is what great players do.

Written by: Anindita Kumar Jena

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