Manchester United has always been famous for their iconic comebacks and every single time there has been one figure leading the revolution right from the front, may it be Jimmy Murphy or Sir Alex Ferguson, the team endured. Similarly, in 2021-22, the team’s Premier League run has been plagued left and right with staggeringly mediocre showdowns but the old face of Cristiano Ronaldo still continues to be the guiding light.
They say that you need a vanguard to show you the path in the murkiest of times and the current season has offered very little hope to Manchester United. With Atletico Madrid being their next assignment that will seal United’s European fate, the Old Trafford congregation desperately hoped for their star striker to deliver.
Cristiano Ronaldo delivers Manchester United again
Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Ronaldo added a new trophy to the already bloated cabinet of records as the Manchester United marksman smashed home a phenomenal hattrick to become the leading goal-scorer of the world. He surpassed the official record of Austro-Czech, Josef Bican to claim 807 goals to his name as he toppled the previously staggering figures of 804.
As early as 12 minutes in the clock, the Portuguese sharpshooter unleashed a searing strike to usher United ahead. He dribbled his way past a couple of defenders, used the ample space offered to him by a precarious Spurs rearguard and hammered a picture-perfect strike into the top left corner of the net.
Despite Tottenham’s equalizer from the spot, Ronaldo was on a marauding run for the night and found himself at the receiving end of Sancho’s fizzling low cross. His fine run helped him to smash home the second of the night, allowing Manchester United to go into the breather with a slender lead.
Despite United conceding the lead for the second time, Ronaldo’s presence continued to give them hope. A fine corner from Alex Telles was slammed into the back of the net as the Portuguese striker outleapt his marker to slot home a clinical finish that would pen Ronaldo’s second-ever hat-trick for Manchester United.
Twitter went berserk as Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his bedazzling self to send the Manchester United fans into a frenzy of ecstasy.
Conte: "I honestly think without Cristiano Ronaldo, it wouldn’t be a good night for Manchester United. He is unbeatable.” pic.twitter.com/1K1xpX5SQD
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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes professional football's all-time leading goalscorer! pic.twitter.com/BePkRIDilNAdvertisement
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 12, 2022
“F*ck it I’m Cristiano Ronaldo.” pic.twitter.com/zSUfBPcayoAdvertisement
— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) March 12, 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Josef Bican's record for the most goals in competitive matches in football history 🐐 pic.twitter.com/E8NWuSR5eZAdvertisement
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 12, 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 59 hat-tricks in his career, the most of any active player:Advertisement
🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo (59)
🇦🇷 Lionel Messi (55)
Still on top. 🐐 pic.twitter.com/6pe3QOZzut
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— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) March 12, 2022Advertisement
…let’s say Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t seem to play or act like a player who’s desperate to leave as soon as possible. Incredible mentality and approach, again. 🔴 #MUFC
He’s still the man for United in this complicated moment. Top performance. pic.twitter.com/b8GTS4jrcwAdvertisement
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 12, 2022
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