Cristiano Ronaldo: Peter Dury’s spine-tingling commentary on Man Utd star in 2021

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Cristiano Ronaldo has endured a bit of an odd start to his season.

The Manchester United superstar has been lumped with more of a watcher’s brief in the Premier League thus far, taking up a regular spot on the Old Trafford bench.

After countless reports suggested that Ronaldo was intent on leaving the club during the summer transfer window, he now has to watch on from the sidelines as Erik ten Hag’s side battle it out.

Cristiano Ronaldo plays the motivator

While he might not be able to make as much of an impact on the pitch, Ronaldo is still using his experience to contribute to the new-look United.

Footage of him motivating his teammates before kick-off recently went down a treat on Twitter.

We shouldn’t, however, let Ronaldo’s current struggles colour just how much he has achieved in the game and the heights he has reached on the pitch.

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Peter Drury perfectly sums up Cristiano Ronaldo

If you are need of reminding, though, then who better to help do just that than one of football’s greatest word-smiths, Peter Drury.

The English commentator has been delighting audiences for decades with his wonderfully poetic summations of the beautiful game and he was on top form yet again following a Ronaldo goal in the Champions League last season.

Having rescued a late point for United at Atalanta, Drury spun a quite glorious web of words that highlighted what a remarkable life the Portuguese star has led.

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BERGAMO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 02: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Atalanta and Manchester United at Stadio di Bergamo on November 02, 2021 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

“The man is a storybook all by himself,” Drury began. “There is no work of fiction more fanciful.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives thanks again for the scattering of the magical dust available only seemingly to Cristiano Ronaldo, who can reach areas other footballers just cannot reach.

Video: Peter Drury on Cristiano Ronaldo after Atalanta goal

“Whose grasp of the improbable is utterly unique. And whose timing, whose maximising of the moment, is unparalleled surely anywhere in the history of this game.

“Just when all is lost, Cristiano Ronaldo – who had scored in the first half when United barely merited it – scored again in stoppage time to earn Solskjaer a point from practically nowhere.

“He is simply a remarkable sportsman.”

It’s just so good.

As Ronaldo’s career draws towards a close, we are going to need more and more timely reminders like this that highlight just what he has given us.

He set the bar ridiculously high and it’s unlikely we will ever see anyone quite like him ever again.

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