Cristiano Ronaldo and Anderson pose for photo ahead of Portugal v Argentina

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Manchester United misfit Anderson got to realise every Red Devils fan's dream when he posed for a photograph with Old Trafford idol Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday night.

The Real Madrid superstar returns to the Theatre of Dreams when Portugal take on Argentina in an international friendly this evening, and the Brazilian midfielder seized an opportunity to grab a snap with his former team-mate.

Along with Ronaldo, Anderson stood with old Porto colleague Ricardo Quaresma - the man responsible for uploading the picture to Instagram, prompting the image to spread rapidly across various platforms of social media.

"Força Portugal!" he posted. "Together we are a great team. Go Portugal! #RicardoQuaresma #portugal"

Anderson, meanwhile, has been left in the shadows at both club and international level in recent months, having fallen out of first-team favour since the arrival of Louis van Gaal.

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His last appearance for Manchester United came in the shock 4-0 defeat against League One outfit MK Dons in the Capital One Cup back in August, and there has since been plenty of speculation suggesting the 26-year-old could leave the club in January.

With competition for places in midfield arguably at an all-time high following the arrival of players like Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria during the summer, Anderson's prospects don't look particularly good moving forward.

Add to that the fact the Red Devils are currently plagued by injuries, and the South American still can't get into Van Gaal's matchday squad, and it's clear that in order to guarantee regular football Anderson will need to depart.

Even under the former tutelage of David Moyes he was farmed out to Serie 'A' taking in a spell with Fiorentina during the second half of 2013/14, but upon his return to England in pre-season he's once again failed to kick on.

Anderson's career could in fact be described as the polar-opposite to Ronaldo, who has got better and better with each season and is now deservingly regarded as one of the best players in world football.

The chance to pose for a photo with the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner was an opportunity not to be missed, especially as it doesn't look like Anderson will be sharing anything else with Ronaldo again any time soon.

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