For his debut with Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo offered himself a brace on Saturday against Newcastle, and now has 86 goals (only) in the Premier League.
Twelve years (and 124 days) later, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a Premier League goal for his comeback with Manchester United, Saturday, in a molten Old Trafford, against Newcastle (4-1). The Portuguese exploded into the open with the Red Devils from 2003 to 2009, including 84 goals in the Premier League. He was not as prolific as at Real Madrid and Juventus, but he will try to make up for it.
With now 86 achievements in the English league, “CR7” is a little closer to the club of 100, where there are 28 players with more than 100 goals, his friend Wayne Rooney (208) being preceded by Alan Shearer (260). If all goes well, being committed for 2 seasons, the five-time Ballon d’Or will cross this symbolic limit but it will be very complicated to integrate the top 10, the 10th highest scorer in history being Michael Owen with 150 units.
Le record de Beckham possible ?
Ronaldo has other personal bests to pursue until 2023. The 36-year-old is in a position to become the only record holder for the title of best player in the English league. However, he is tied with Thierry Henry and Nemanja Vidic, who have also been crowned twice. He is also the only one in modern Premier League history to have won the Ballon d’Or with Michael Owen.
The number 7 Mancunien will also have to surpass himself if he wants to erase David Beckham from the shelves in the number of free kicks registered. The “Becks” throne in this category with 18 goals from free kicks, far ahead of Gianfranco Zola and Thierry Henry, who have 12 free kicks on the clock. Ronaldo has scored 11 in his first 6 seasons with the Red Devils. He is tied for 4th with Laurent Robert.
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