Last Saturday evening, Cristiano Ronaldo was against the talk of the footballing world once again.
And Ronaldo was at the very peak of his powers to secure a potentially priceless 3-2 victory for the Red Devils.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner netted a quite magnificent hat-trick, the 59th he’s scored for club and country during his career.
Ronaldo’s latest treble also saw him move ahead of the great Josef Bican to become the leading goal-getter in the history of men’s professional football.
Ronaldo has also moved up to second in the 2021/22 Premier League scoring chart with 12 goals to his name, which isn’t bad for a player who made his professional debut as far back as 2002.
And what’s even more impressive about Ronaldo this season is the fact that he’s offered far more than just goals to United.
Both his impressive link-up play and ability to create chances for teammates have slipped under the radar a tad.
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But that might not be the case anymore.
On Sunday, the day after United’s win over Spurs, footage of Ronaldo linking the play and creating chances during 2021/22 thus far was uploaded to Twitter and it quickly went viral.
Check out the marvellous video compilation here…
Video: Ronaldo offers far more than just goals to Man Utd
Some people are so focused on the number of goals Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Man Utd that they can't see his outstanding link-up play and the chances he creates.pic.twitter.com/vfx4K9Zs1o— UtdFaithfuls (@UtdFaithfuls) March 13, 2022
Imagine thinking Ronaldo was ever the ‘problem’ at United. How the ageless forward has only three assists to his name across all competitions so far this campaign is beyond us.
He’s still a truly world-class operator and without him, Ralf Rangnick’s side would be in a far worse place right now.
Their chances of finishing in the top four would be slim to nil, while it’s very likely that they would have exited the Champions League at the group stage without Ronaldo’s goals.
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United will likely need more heroics from him on Tuesday night when they welcome Atletico Madrid to the Theatre of Dreams.
Diego Simeone’s side have been in impressive form of late and will fancy their chances of securing victory in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie after a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.
But Atletico’s old nemesis Ronaldo is now back fit and firing at the worst possible time for the Spanish club…