Cristiano Ronaldo is in a celebratory mood as he commemorates his 200th international appearance with a triumphant winning goal.
Former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo played second fiddle to Bruno Fernandes‘ heroics against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the weekend.
Last night it was Ronaldo’s turn to re-take centre stage, and as usual, his timing was absolutely impeccable.
Ronaldo scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win at Iceland, netting in the 89th minute to break the deadlock and secure his side all three points.
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Harry Maguire sends message to Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was his 123rd international goal, extending the all-time record which he broke in 2021.
Ronaldo sent a message on Instagram after the win, commemorating his dedication to Portugal, saying he had the same commitment as he did when he won his first cap way back in 2003.
And if you had to pick which Manchester United player would reach out to congratulate him… Harry Maguire would not have been on our bingo card.
Yet there he was, replying to Ronaldo’s social media post, with a congratulatory, “Some achievement” message complete with clapping and fire emojis.
There has been next to no public communication between Manchester United’s players and Ronaldo since his controversial exit from Old Trafford.
Ronaldo recently ‘liked’ a post from Diogo Dalot about his United contract extension, but that’s about as far as his own interaction has gone.
There was widely reported to be tension between Ronaldo and Maguire at United, with the number seven believing he should have been captain.
Dwight Yorke told The National earlier this year: “There was someone who is really passionate and really loves Manchester United, and wanted to take Manchester United back to the top. But he clearly felt that the only way he could help the club get anywhere near that, I think he needed to be the leader.
“And I think, with Harry Maguire not being fully in the fold, I felt that Ronaldo didn’t think that was the right call; that he felt he should have led.”
Ronaldo is now leading a football revolution in Saudi Arabia, with more and more players following his decision to join the league.
Harry Maguire is unlikely to be joining them, but it’s nice to see a bit a positive interaction towards Ronaldo from his former teammates, and deserved respect towards his remarkable achievements, which he keeps on adding to at the age of 38.