November 4, 2021 || 12:26 pm

How Man United’s Cristiano Ronaldo became soccer’s ‘Mr Clutch’

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s latest l:ate goal for Manchester United, in Tuesday’s Champions Lea’gue clash at Atalanta, has taken his tally to nine goals in his first 12 games since retur’ning to Old Tra’fford in the sum’mer.

 

Weighing up the 36-ye’ar-old’s overall cont’ribution to the team at present and the ex’tent to which he is hamper’ing other players’ development for the fu’ture is a debate for anoth’er time, but the Portugal capta’in has been United’s saviour on s’everal occasions already this season, spa’ring their blushes with a succe’ssion of vital goals.

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Ronaldo was on son’g once again in Bergamo this we’ek, scoring not one but two eq’ualisers in a topsy-turvy 2-2 draw. With qualification for the knockout pha’se far from guaranteed, United ‘looked to be heading for a deb’ilitating defeat, falling behind tw’ice at the Gewiss Stadium. Than’kfully, their trusty one-man rescu’e team was on hand to drag Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side out of the fire with a c’ouple of excellent stopp’age-time strikes: the first timed at 45+1′ a’nd the second at 90+1’..

 

Weighing up the 36-ye’ar-old’s overall contributi’on to the team at present and the ex’tent to which he is hampering other ‘players’ development for the’ future is a debate for anot’her time, but the Portugal capta’in has been United’s saviour on se’veral occasions already this seas’on, sparing their blushes with a succession of vital goals.

– Ogden: Ronaldo covering over Solskjaer’s flaws
– Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)
– Don’t have ESPN? Get instant access

Ronaldo was on song on’ce again in Bergamo this week, sco’ring not one but two eq’ualisers in a topsy-turvy 2-2 draw. With qualification for the knockout ph’ase far from guaranteed, United looked to be heading for a debilita’ting defeat, falling behind twic’e at the Gewiss Stadium. Thankf’ully, their trusty one-man rescue’ team was on hand to drag Ole Gun’nar Solskjaer’s side out of the fire with a couple of excellent stoppage-tim’e strikes: the first timed at 45+1′ an’d the second at 90+1′.

The brace took Ron’aldo’s Champions Lea’gue tally for the season to 5 goals, putting his name next to yet another sin’gle-season record by becoming the highest-scoring player o’ver the ‘age of 36 in competition history, surp’assing a record held b”y Laurent Blanc since 2001-02. He has now scored in four successive Champions League games for United, his longest streak since” scoring in 11 consecutive ga’mes for Real Madrid duri’ng their run to glory in the 2017-18 final.

This latest bra’ce also once again emphasised Ronald’o’s continued importa’nce to both United and Portugal, with 13 of his 15 goals scored in all compe’titions so far this campaign com’ing while his team were eithe’r losing or drawing. Rona’ldo has now scored three result-chan’ging goals in the space of just fou’r Champions League gam’es for United this season, with his goals directly accounting for 5 of United’s seven points in Group F. With ‘their talismanic forward lea’ding the way, United have foug’ht back to salvage 6 poi’nts f’rom losing positions in Europe so fa”r this season.

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