Rangnick praises Ronaldo after winning FIFA The Best Special Award

Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured at the FIFA The Best Awards in Zurich with a Special Award for breaking the international all-time goalscoring record in September.

The Manchester United superstar was also named in the FIFPro World XI, and sent a message to after scooping the prize, stating how he is planning to use it for inspiration for the rest of the season.

Ronaldo has missed United’s last two games with injury, but could be back for the midweek clash with Brentford, according to Ralf Rangnick.

At his press conference ahead of that game, which was streamed live on United’s official app at 12.30pm, Rangnick was also asked about Ronaldo’s latest achievement.

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RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

“What he has done in his career so far is amazing,” said Rangnick. “800 goals in competitive games – nobody has achieved that before in the last 80 or 100 years.

“This shows what kind of player he is; what kind of exceptional player he is. He was not available in the last two games against Aston Villa, but he yesterday and he will probably train today (Tuesday) and then we will have to see if he’s an option for the game against Brentford.

“Even with an outstanding Cristiano Ronaldo, we are talking about a team sport in one of the most competitive leagues in the world.

“We can only improve as a team, he cannot do things all on his own. We have to help him.”

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There has been discussion about how Rangnick and Ronaldo would get along, but the German has always praised the forward, going right back to his first press conference in the job.

The challenge for Rangnick is now to harness United’s slight improvement in terms of pressing in the two games against Aston Villa once Ronaldo returns up front.

The Portuguese superstar has the desire and workrate to press, but it is about getting him to do it in the right areas at the right times.

Edinson Cavani struggled at Villa Park, so having Ronaldo come in to replace him would be a boost for Rangnick, who is still waiting for a complete 90 minute performance from his United side.

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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.