Cristiano marks his return to football in the best way possible. He scores the 100th Premier League goal to become a part of an elite club.
It has been a rough week for Ronaldo, who lost his newly born baby earlier. The whole footballing world showed solidarity with him in troubled times. This incident saw him out of the United’s lineup against Liverpool.
However, the Portuguese returned to the team for the weekend game against Arsenal and scored the milestone 100th goal.
With this goal, he becomes the only 33rd player in the league’s history to have as many goals. Above all, he becomes the only fourth Manchester United player to do as well.
Wayne Rooney (183), Paul Scholes (107), and Ryan Gigs (103) are the only other three players to have done it before him.
Ronaldo already had 84 goals from his first stint with the club back in 2008. And he returned to the club at the age of 37 to add 16 more goals in the same season says a lot about his physical fitness.
It took him 233 appearances to reach the 100-goal mark.
Arsenal bossed United at home
The match was not a good one for United in general. They lost 3-1 to Arsenal in a must-win game for them.
Arsenal started the game on the front foot. They opened the scoring in just three minutes. Nuno Tavares put the ball in the back of the net to open the scoring for his team.
Later Bukayo Saka made it two from the penalty spot. Although Ronaldo managed to pull one back two minutes later, Manchester United failed to orchestrate a comeback.
They had a golden opportunity to do so in the 57th minute from the penalty spot. But Bruno Fernandes failed to convert it.
Granit Xhaka sealed the deal for Arsenal in the 70th minute with a powerful strike from outside the box.
The match ended with Arsenal winning the game 3-1. They are now 6 points clear of United and sitting in the qualification spot for UCL next season.