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The Portuguese talisman will see these records when he enters the Old Trafford track in September …
Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid following his departure from Juventus. United made a bid to bring the 36-year-old back to Old Trafford, where he played the lead role between 2003 and 2009, for an initial £ 13m. (€ 15 million / $ 9 million).
In his first season for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games. Despite spending only six seasons at the club and the Premier League, the Portuguese talisman holds numerous records that stand to date. In fact, before leaving for Real Madrid, he won a host of individual awards such as Ballon D’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year.
But there is still something unfinished for Ronaldo. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since he moved to Real Madrid for a then world record transfer fee in 2009, and there are some peaks that need to be scaled. Let’s take a look at five records that Ronaldo can beat after coming to the Red Devils.
Most goals in a Premier League season
Ronaldo scored 31 goals in a Premier League season in 2007-08 to match Alan Shearer’s count at Blackburn Rovers in 1995-96. However, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored 32 times in 2017-18 to break the record and now stands at the top.
Ronaldo scored 29 goals for Juventus last season to win the Capocannoniere award and now he wants to regain the top he has lost to Salah.
Most goals in a season by a Manchester United player
During his first season at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 42 goals in a total of 49 games
competitions during the campaign 2007-08. But that only placed him in third place on the list behind Denis Law (46 goals) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (44 goals).
Even in his last appearance for Juventus, he had found a winner at injury time, only to be annulled by VAR, who showed that his goal scorer is far from fading.
Most goals in a UEFA Champions League campaign by a Manchester United player
Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest scorer in the UEFA Champions League with 134 goals to his name. He also holds the record for scoring the most goals (17) in a single campaign. But he has yet to do so for Manchester United. Nistelrooy has scored the most goals by a United player in a UCL campaign with 12 goals in nine games (2002-03), and Ronaldo is in third place with eight from 11 games (2007-08). Given his recent goal, which scored heroism in the continental competition, the Dutchman could lose the numero uno place to Ronaldo after this season.
Hattricks (Premier League Era)
Although Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 57 hat-tricks in his career, only one of them has come in a Manchester United shirt. Wayne Rooney has the most for United with eight (two of them in the UEFA Champions League), while Sergio Aguero constantly leads Premier League races with 12 to his name. While it may be a long way for Ronaldo to beat Aguero’s record, the former Euro Cup winner could certainly have a shot at Rooney’s club record.
Most goals in a single match in the Premier League
Although Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five goals in a match twice in La Liga with Real Madrid against Espanyol and Granada, he has yet to show that form in the Premier League. Five different players in the Premier League have scored five goals, including Aguero (against Newcastle United), Shearer (against Sheffield Wednesday), Jermain Defoe (against Wigan Athletic). This is another record the 36-year-old will try to match and break during this period with Manchester United.