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How Ronaldo’s Arrival Has Positives And Negatives

We’re not sure anyone could have predicted the significant moves that occurred during the summer transfer window. The two best players on the planet in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, departed Barcelona and Juventus respectively, with Messi heading to PSG and Ronaldo returning to Manchester United.

It’s Ronaldo’s Old Trafford return we’re taking a closer look at today because while there has already been a lot of hype, several negatives are rearing their head already. You’d think that when one of the GOATS re-signs for a club like United, it’s going to be sunshine and rainbows, but it isn’t the case.

There are, of course, immediate positives you can take from the movie, even before a ball is kicked. For example, United trumped local rivals City in the race to sign CR7, and the amount of money they have made since his return via shirt sales is obscene. And as Manchester United are one of the companies listed on the FTSE 100, as you’d imagine, their stock price soared too.

And, this is Cristiano Ronaldo we’re talking about. The numbers he has posted consistently throughout his career are phenomenal. At club level, CR7 has 679 goals and 229 assists from 901 games. He also has a whole host of personal accolades, such as multiple Balon d’Ors and trophies he has won with the clubs he has turned out for. He’s hit the ground running this season, too, with five goals from 495 minutes on the pitch, equating to a goal every game near enough.

So, there are many positives and many reasons why Ronaldo rejoining the club where he became a star and a household name under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson is a good thing. But, there are a couple of slight drawbacks, and they are worth a mention as we are already seeing negative press come into play.

CR7 is undoubtedly one of the best players ever to kick a ball professionally, but he’s more than that. He’s a star and a massive personality. And, he’s not afraid to show it, either. We are already seeing Ronaldo’s behaviour, which he is renowned for, come into public view, be it on the touchline alongside manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or as he heads down the tunnel.

It’s always crucial that a manager has the authority and respect of everyone, and Ronaldo will test that and appears to be doing so already. Regardless of whether it’s intentional from the Portuguese attacker or not, his apparent undermining of his manager and those around him can either be his or the team’s eventual undoing.

Ronaldo’s status in the game as a legend, his numbers, accolades, and current goals to game ratio, also means that if you don’t pick him to start, and you don’t win, regardless of CR7 being thirty-six, there is going to be a lot of criticism every time.

You always pick your best players is what Sir Alex Ferguson eluded to when Ole didn’t start Ronaldo and United didn’t pick up the win against Everton, which could lead to almost a demand to start him in every game.

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