Cristiano Ronaldo's Second Debut for Manchester United
As the season's first international break is coming to an end, the players are traveling back to their clubs, getting ready for the weekend action. If two weeks ago the focus was on Leo Messi playing his 1st minutes for Paris-Saint Germain, this time the focus swiftly turns to Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7), who is expected to make his 2nd debut for the Red Devils this weekend against Newcastle.
Ronaldo's Career and Transfers
Ronaldo signed with Manchester United for the first time in 2003 and established himself as a United legend during his first spell with the English giants. Between 2003 and 2009, he won 3 EPL titles, and he lifted the Champions League trophy for the 1st time.
He then moved to Real Madrid where he scored 451 goals in 438 competitive fixtures (312 in La Liga, 105 in the Champions League, 22 in the Copa del Rey, 6 in the Club World Cup, 4 in the Spanish Super Cup, and 2 in the UEFA Super Cup). He won the Champions League trophy on four occasions, with the Spanish giants also becoming Real's all-time scorer in the domestic league.
He signed with Juventus in 2018, but after three years, he decided to leave the Italian Serie A with reports in Italy saying he became very distant from his teammates, isolated away from the pitch, very frustrated with the lack of European achievements.
He has signed a two-year contract to return to Manchester United, and he is expected to break some more records. He has been associated with the No.7 shirt throughout his career, and his brand is built around the No. 7. The Premier League rules state that players cannot swap numbers once a season is underway, but somehow, he managed to reclaim the iconic No. 7 shirt.
Cristiano Ronaldo's shirt sales immediately surpassed the highest day of sales ever, with CR7 becoming the largest merchandise-selling player ever in the first 24 hours following a transfer to a new club.
Manchester United 2nd Spell
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is expected to make his second debut for the Red Devils on Saturday against Newcastle. During the international break, he scored 2 late goals helping Portugal to win 2-1 against Ireland, but he got booked for taking his t-shirt off during his celebration. As a result, he was suspended for the next match, and Portugal's coach Fernando Santos allowed him to leave early and prepare with Man United. He stayed in quarantine for five days, and on Tuesday, September 7, he was able to train for the 1st time with his new teammates.
He's a goalscorer. He's a special player, always fit, always ready for action, so he doesn't need much training before his debut. The English pundits believe that it is unlikely that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will use him from the 1st minute of the game because he will have just two training sessions under his belt with his teammates before Saturday's game. But they should also know what kind of an athlete and pro player Ronaldo is. He will probably be the one to decide if he's ready or not, and in case he's prepared, Solskjaer will use him.
United is now considered one of the favorites to win their first Premier League title since 2013. Cristiano Ronaldo is the top favorite to win the PFA Player of the Year award, priced at (+500) with Bet365 and second joint-favorite to be Premier League's 2021/22 top goalscorer priced at (+500) with Fanduel, behind Romelu Lukaku priced at (+450) with FoxBet.
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Solskjaer declared that he would use CR7 as a central striker despite 12 years prior playing out wide for United. That means he will play more in the box, and most of the balls will target him. His world-class talent is undeniable. He's clinical in front of goal, gradually developing into a center-forward, and could give United the extra edge they have been missing.
Let's not forget he will also have his fellow countryman Bruno Fernandes so he will have to share Manchester United's set-pieces and penalties. Expect many assists from the playmaker to Cristiano during this season, so a great combo in every match should be "Fernandes assist + Cristiano Ronaldo goal." Reports in England say they agreed to give Cristiano the penalty kicks while Fernandes will remain with the free kicks.
The best thing you can do is check the starting XI before placing your bets, but in case he plays, he will probably score. He is priced at (+145) with FanDuel to be Man United's 1st scorer and at (-195) to be anytime goalscorer. Don't forget about Bruno Fernandes to give an assist, priced at (+200) with Unibet.
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