Ralf Rangnick could be exactly what Cristiano Ronaldo has been waiting for

There is debate already as to whether Cristiano Ronaldo will embrace Ralf Rangnick’s arrival as Manchester United interim boss – or more poignantly, whether the German will be happy with him.

Rangnick’s high pressing game may be of concern to Ronaldo. Data from FBRef.com shows Ronaldo has made 44 pressures in 8.5 Premier League games – which Edinson Cavani has managed 30 in 2.5 games.

Jadon Sancho has applied 90 pressures to opposing players in approximatly 5.5 complete games.

So Ronaldo has to adapt his style to be successful under Rangnick, and yet, why write off a player who thrives on proving people wrong?

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Ronaldo has been waiting for this

The arrival of Ralf Rangnick as Manchester United interim boss will give Cristiano Ronaldo the best manager he has worked with since 2019.

Prior to being managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ronaldo was being coached by Andrea Pirlo at Juventus.

Pirlo was in his first job as management, and it showed, with Juventus recording their worst league finish for the past decade.

Prior to Pirlo, Ronaldo was coached by Maurizio Sarri. While Sarri has his admirers, Juventus dispensed with his services after just one season, while Chelsea had done the same.

Working under Ralf Rangnick should be a breath of fresh air for Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is in the latter stages of his career, and cannot afford to have this time at the top level wasted by managers like Pirlo and Solskjaer, who with respect, are no longer employed for their clubs for a reason, because they were unable to reach the levels of success being demanded.

The Portuguese superstar is one of the best players in the world, and deserves to be coached by one of the world’s best, most forward thinking coaches.

Rangnick has proven over the past decade at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig that he is a revolutionary coach, whose talents go beyond just coaching.

Instead of being managed by Solskjaer, his former teammate, Ronaldo will be coached by a world renowned coach, who will challenge and push him like he has not been in years.

Ronaldo had the opportunity to work again with Massimiliano Allegri this season, but by this time, bridges with Juventus had been burned and his decision to move on was already made.

He enjoyed success at Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane, who lacked experience prior to his stint with the Spanish giants.

Prior to that there was a best forgotten stint under Rafa Benitez at Real, and Manuel Pellegrini, Jose Mourinho and – who all helped Ronaldo develop his game after he first left Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United in 2009.

After a few years working under coaches who arguably lacked the experience and authority to challenge or call out Ronaldo, Rangnick will not shy away from that.

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The German has the seniority to challenge Ronaldo, and an overall vision which he will demand the player fit, or move aside for others who can.

Ronaldo faces a big test, and it is one he may embrace. His low pressing numbers can be connected with his age, but also, perhaps he just needs a coach who can show him how to do it effectively, and demonstrate the benefits.

Don’t ever assume there is something Ronaldo cannot do. He will be hearing the noise, and ready to prove people wrong. There may not be a more enthusiastic student for Rangnick’s methods than the Portuguese star, who has been waiting for a top coach to push him to a new level.

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