Alejandro Garnacho pays tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo made his comeback for Manchester United in the club’s final pre-season game, a 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano.

Ronaldo was overshadowed by teenage wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho, who played with the energy and excitement of, well, a young Ronaldo.

Garnacho was named man of the match by supporters, and with Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club still very unclear, lining up alongside his idol is not something the teenage prospect takes for granted.

While they had played together briefly at the end of last season, this was the first time Garnacho had started a game alongside Ronaldo. And even if it was just a friendly, it is a match he will always remember if it is the final time it happens.

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Alejandro Garnacho pays tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo

Garnacho sent a message on Instagram last night referring to Ronaldo as his ‘idol’, commenting that he is living the dream by playing alongside him.

The 17-year-old is in a unique position to be able to learn from Ronaldo, and at international level, also from Lionel Messi, after being called into the Argentina squad last season.

While Ronaldo has a very uncertain future at United, Garnacho is only just getting started and is a fantastic prospect.

He scored more than 20 youth goals last season, netting seven as he fired United to win the FA Youth Cup, before making his United debut.

Garnacho has a role to play for United this season, especially if his friendly performance was anything to go by. Seeing him play regularly alongside Ronaldo could be special, if the veteran forward ends up sticking around.

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