The celebrations for Cristiano Ronaldo’s welcome back continued on Tuesday as the Manchester United star scored one of his first touches against Young Boys in the first match of the Champions League group stage.
After scoring two weekend goals against Newcastle in his second Manchester United debut, Ronaldo waited just 13 minutes to score his third goal in as many days. While Ronaldo waited to time his run along the Young Boys baseline, Bruno Fernandes chose his Portuguese compatriot with a sublime and unconventional pass. Ronaldo picked up the pass and calmly slipped his shot between the legs of Young Boys goalkeeper David von Ballmoos for the lead.
For the Champions League all-time top scorer, it was Ronaldo’s 135th career goal in the competition. It seals the longest gap between Champions League goals for a player in a single club, as it has been more than 12 years since Ronaldo last scored in the competition for Manchester United (2008-09 Champions League second semi-final vs. Arsenal).
According to Opta, Young Boys is the 36th different team against which Ronaldo has scored in the Champions League, equaling Lionel Messi’s record. The 36-year-old star also equalized with Iker Casillas’ record of career appearances in UCL with 177.
Ronaldo returned to Manchester United at the end of August with a € 15 million transfer ($ 17.7 million, plus another $ 9.5 million in add-ons), 12 years after leaving United for Real Madrid. .
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