Amid all the constant debate over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future and frustration with poor performances, we should not forget to appreciate Cristiano Ronaldo’s sheer brilliance.
Ronaldo can’t stop scoring, and stepping up in big moments.
He has been back at the club two months and scored nine goals already.
During this time, Ronaldo has already given us several special moments.
He has a knack of delivering when he is needed most, and it is testament to his character. This is what makes Ronaldo so special.
We are witnessing greatness
The numbers are scary. Ronaldo has 798 career goals in total and is the all time international leading goalscorer and Champions League leading goalscorer. And he keeps on extending that lead.
While he is not quite as prolific as his 60 goal plus seasons at Real Madrid, Ronaldo is still a force to be reckoned with at the age of 36.
He is on course to become the first player since Robin van Persie to score 30 goals in a season for United.
These are the sorts of feats Ronaldo can accomplish easily at the tail end of his career, which others have been unable to do, even in the peak of theirs.
Luke Shaw summed it up, telling the club website: “It’s incredible to have someone like that in your team when you need them most.”
Watching Ronaldo step up like this time and time again for United is both exhilarating, and frustrating at the same time, because the team are leaving too much on his plate. But he can handle it.
Ronaldo may be able to carry on for a few more years yet, but we should savour this right now.
He is a player like no other. We may not see another with his sheer quality and determination in our lifetime.
To have him back at Manchester United for a second time is a joy. It’s just incredible to experience him scoring goals for the club all over again.
Don’t waste him
One of the key reasons for the frustration with United is the knowledge that Ronaldo is at risk of having these key years wasted by mismanagement.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer compared Ronaldo to Michael Jordan after the game [Sky].
The difference is Jordan’s Chicago Bulls were managed by Phil Jackson, arguably the greatest coach in NBA history.
United need a manager of a similar calibre to make the best of Ronaldo.
Solskjaer’s time as United boss is still looking precarious. United need a manager who can get the best out of Ronaldo.
But for a moment, park the anxiety. Forget the worry. And just appreciate how beautiful it is to have Ronaldo back starring for United and scoring big goals.
He is a player of the highest quality and we are privileged to see him in action every week and to have him represent our club.
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