Manchester United’s season was a complete fiasco. With a change of coaches, aged and underused players and young players who performed well below what was expected. The club will not play in the next Champions League, could finish the Premier League in an embarrassing eighth place, depending on the combination of results, as well as regrettable eliminations in the League Cup and FA Cup. And all this with Cristiano Ronaldo on the field. And how to evaluate the Portuguese season? Or, better: after the performance of his team, can you count on CR7 next season? Would you like to have him on your team?
My answer is: of course it is. In a disorganized team, he has scored 24 goals so far – there is still one game left to end the season. Second on the list is Bruno Fernandes, who scored 10 and played seven more games. In the competitive Premier League, he is currently the third leading scorer with 18 goals, behind Salah and Son. As he provided three assists, he effectively participated in United’s 21 goals this season. He scored a goal every 136 minutes, second only to Mahrez and Salah. And he is second only to Liverpool’s Egyptian in the number of shots per game.
Christian is very effective. He will close the season with unforgettable games, like the one he scored against Tottenham in an epic victory. Not to mention the goals in the Champions League that still gave the club some breathing room. Shirt 7 is 37 years old. Does not seem.
The world of football has changed a lot from the period when CR7 scored even more goals a year, especially in Spanish football, and was practically in every possible Champions League final. He didn’t even run for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, he won’t lift a cup in 2021/22, but the feeling is that we’re still seeing one of the all-time greats on the pitch. And that is a privilege for football fans. Lucky for the team that can count on him next season.