Ferdinand compares Lukaku and Ronaldo after United return confirmed

Rio Ferdinand certainly played his part in Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United.

He got involved and has praised United’s hierarchy for how they’ve done the deal.

Ferdinand has spoken on BT Sport about the level he feels Ronaldo is still at.

He has suggested that Ronaldo remains better than former United striker Romelu Lukaku.

“You saw Ronaldo’s levels last season. Chelsea bought a striker for £96 million,” said Ferdinand, referring to Lukaku.

“Yes, different ages, different profiles but Cristiano Ronaldo outscored him in Serie A last season.

“That tells you the levels that he’s at. He’ll come in and score goals. And more importantly, at the training ground and around the club, there isn’t anyone better equipped to show them how to win at United.

“He’s the man for that.”

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Ronaldo is in the twilight of his career and Lukaku is in the prime of his. He has also been considered a gamechanger for Chelsea in the title race.

Ronaldo’s goalscoring prowess is such that he still scored more than Lukaku last term.

That’s despite the fact Inter had a team capable of winning the league and Ronaldo’s Juventus came fourth.

Ronaldo got 29 goals, compared to Lukaku’s 24 in the league. If Lukaku is a gamechanger, Ronaldo certainly is and the pair will now resume their battle in the Premier League.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.