‘Proud to be back’, says a jubilant Ronaldo after starring in Man United victory
LONDON: A jubilant Christiano Ronaldo Saturday wrote he was “proud to be back” at his old club after scoring twice to hand Manchester United a victory against Newcastle at Old Trafford. A full house reverberated to a chorus of Ronaldo chants and songs from long before kick-off as he took his tally for the club to 120 goals, 12 years on from swapping Manchester for Madrid. The final game of the Portuguese’s first spell with the Red Devils was a Champions League final defeat to Barcelona in 2009 that signalled a changing of the guard in European football in which Ronaldo played a large part. Barca were crowned champions of Europe again in 2011 and 2015, while a Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid won the competition four times between 2014 and 2018. That balance of power between La Liga and the Premier League has swung again with two all-English Champions League finals in the past three years. But they have not featured United in a sign of the club’s decline since Alex Ferguson’s retirement as manager in 2013. – AFP