Ronaldo’s Portugal suspension hands Manchester United fans boost ahead of potential debut
Ronaldo breaks the record
The day after his move to Manchester United from Juventus was officially confirmed, Ronaldo hit the headlines once again.
The veteran forward netted twice in the final six minutes as Portugal fought back from 1-0 down to beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in their World Cup 2022 qualifying match.
In achieving this, Ronaldo smashed another record, becoming the highest-scoring men’s international player of all time, overtaking Iran international Ali Deai, who previously held the record.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the highest scoring international player of all-time! 🐐 pic.twitter.com/TWMTrzpBf9
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) September 1, 2021
It was a typically headed effort by the Funchal-native, who rose highest in the center of the penalty area before heading in the equalizer to draw Portugal level at 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup qualifier and delivering in yet another crucial moment; a habit across the entirety of his career.
The second was almost a carbon copy of the first, a header from a ball crossed in from the right-hand-side, which sent Portuguese fans into euphoria and broke the hearts of Irish players, who until then had held resolutely onto a memorable result.
Ronaldo set to miss Azerbaijan game for celebration
In netting the winner, Ronaldo dealt Manchester United fans eager to see him debut as soon as possible a massive boost. Upon scoring, the hitman took off his shirt to celebrate, showing his number to the adoring fans.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 1, 2021
Unfortunately, the act saw him subsequently booked by an almost apologetic referee. The consequence of that booking is that he misses Portugal’s next World Cup qualifier, against Azerbaijan in six days time.
He will therefore be returning to Manchester fully fit and raring to go, with no tiredness from over-exertion during the international break. Will Solskjaer hand him his second debut?