Cristiano Ronaldo: The challenges He Will Face On His Arrival at Manchester United

The return of the Portuguese to the English institution generates a series of personal challenges for an athlete who always sought to compete at the highest level.

Cristiano Ronaldo in the Manchester United uniform

Those of Old Trafford confirmed that the Portuguese will wear the red jacket again. Photo: IG-Christian

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It's official: Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the club that saw him shine. The "Red Devils" confirmed that the Portuguese will wear the red jersey again, with the aim of promoting a team that, over the years, has gone from being in absolute decline to being one of the new candidates to obtain the UEFA Champions League .

At 36, the Portuguese striker left Juventus to return to the team where he was between 2003 and 2009. The truth is that CR7, always a lover of sport challenges, will seek to show that he is still in full force and thathet is fully capable of once again being the best player in the world . Let's see what you will be looking to achieve in your second stay at Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo and his challenges at United

The first thing to mention is that Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer the same as that of his first stage at the English club. At that time, he went from being a simple youth with a projection in Sporting Lisbon to becoming one of the most emblematic players of the past decade.

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However, time passed … and with it the style of his game. In his last step at Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo stopped being a winger with speed, technique and good shot, to have a more central location in the area. This allowed him to continue in a scorer role, although it is less common to see him go long distances on the field of play.  

Therefore, it must be borne in mind that his new stay at Old Trafford is conditioned by another of the great soccer events of this year: the signing of Lionel Messi by PSG. The Argentine, who decided to leave his comfort zone to arrive in Ligue 1, will not only seek to obtain the UEFA Champions League, but also to re-establish himself as the best player of the season.

Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo did not want to be left behind. Despite his age, he dreams of winning again FIFA The Best to consolidate the individual distinctions where 5 Ballon d'Ors also stand out. Precisely, the Portuguese was the first to get this award in the club of Manchester, so he will seek to repeat that feat in the twilight of his career.

During the last years, the forward maintained his statistics, but he did not reach to be in the elite. This happened for various reasons. In the first place, because his role on the field, as we mentioned, became much more of a finisher. This prevented him from standing out as much as in other seasons, something that could be seen during his time at Juventus.

The emergence of other figures, such as Mbappé, Lewandowski, Van Dijk, Salah or Neymar, also overshadowed their performance a bit. For several years, the duel centered mainly between him and Lionel Messi, but now the level is much more even. Therefore, he will seek to return to “those beginnings” and show that he can overcome them in the final stretch of his career.

The other aspect has to do with the performance of the team. During his stay at Real Madrid, he won 4 UEFA Champions League (3 in a row), something that allowed him to stand out even more. He was always the leader of the merengues and the key piece that allowed each conquest, although his teammates also helped.

That didn't happen at Juventus, so he will hope to achieve something similar at Manchester United, this time no longer led by Ferguson, but by Ole Gunnar Solskjær. From there derives another of his great objectives, which is to lift the UEFA Champions League for his sixth time, which is one of the trophies where he always showed better performance. While United have a team that has grown over time, they are not favorites.

The same goes for the Premier League. Unlike Serie A, historically dominated by Juventus, the English league is a huge challenge, as a large number of teams are serious candidates for the trophy. Therefore, winning the league will also be one of the challenges he will have in this return.

Finally, you also don't want to put aside what you have accomplished in your later years. For example, he made history by scoring 101 goals in 134 games. In addition, during the last season, he became the Capocannoniere (top scorer) of Serie A, despite the bad season that his team had.

Without a doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo will want to show that he can still be at the top of world soccer. His return to Manchester United seeks to generate "The Last Dance", not only to regain great titles with the institution, but to show why he is one of the best players in history.

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