A transfer saga which Manchester United fans would possibly never forget finally transpired on August 27 2021, when Cristiano Ronaldo decided to return to Old Trafford. What people may assume as a deal that comes straight out of a movie script, Cristiano’s homecoming sent the United fans in a state of frenzy, especially because initial rumours of him all but set to join arch rivals Manchester City were doing the rounds.
You must be wondering why the Red Devils are ecstatic for a 36-year-old signing for their club, right? Well here are your answers.
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival makes United serious title contenders for the Premier League. Backed with summer signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane and the red hot form of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they not only win the league title but also give serious competition in the Champions League.
Overall the squad has enough depth and talented players in every nook and corner of the field, with all of them getting an added mental boost with the presence of someone like Cristiano amidst them.
OFF THE FIELD IMPACT
Not only does Cristiano Ronaldo’s inclusion make the Red Devils title contenders, but also it aids the club significantly in gaining massive numbers off the field. It is speculated that post Ronaldo’s announcement, United’s shares skyrocketed 8% within a days’ time. It also added close to three million followers to date on their Instagram profile. Not to forget jersey sales which surely will rake in huge numbers as he gets to wear the iconic Number 7 once again.
Ronaldo’s return to the Premier Leagues comes at the back of him winning back-to-back top goalscorer rewards – first in the Serie A 2020-21 and then the Euros 2021. The addition of the Portuguese ace makes United one of the strongest attacking units in the Premier League with Greenwood, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bruno giving him great support upfront.
His versatility in the attack would also be an added bonus to the team as he can play as a winger or striker, based on the requirements of the manager. Also, his aerial ability is unquestionable and expect the talented wingers to send in multiple balls inside the box for him to head home.
LEADERSHIP AND WINNING MENTALITY
With 30-plus titles to his name which includes multiple trophies across Premier League, Champions League, Serie A, La Liga and the Euros, the 36-year-old brings in huge leadership qualities backed with a winning mentality, which is sure to push an United squad who has not won a trophy in the last four years.
His demeanor, aura and key nuances about the game is sure to influence the youngsters such as Rashford, Sancho and Greenwood who have possibly got a great career ahead of them.
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