The Portuguese talisman looks at these records as he walks on Old Trafford Field in September …
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United 12 years after leaving Real Madrid after leaving Juventus. United have made an effort to bring the 36-year-old back to Old Trafford, where he played between 2003 and 2009, for an initial £ 13m (€ 15m / $ 18m) with additions to £ 7m (€ 8m) / $ 9 million).
In his first season for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games. Despite spending only six seasons in the club and the Premier League, the Portuguese talisman holds numerous records that have existed so far. In fact, before leaving for Real Madrid, he won a number of individual awards, such as the Ballon D’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year.
But there are still some unresolved issues for Ronaldo. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since he moved to Real Madrid in 2009 for a then-world record transfer fee, and there are a few peaks that still need to be scaled down. Let’s look at five records Ronaldo can break after joining the Red Devils.
Most goals in a Premier League season
Ronaldo scored 31 goals in a 2007-08 Premier League season to match Alan Shearer’s score at Blackburn Rovers in 1995-96. However, Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scored 32 times in 2017-18 to break the record and now stands at the top.
Ronaldo scored 29 goals for Juventus last season to win the Capocannoniere award, and now he wants to regain the highlight he lost to Salah.
Most goals in a season by a Manchester United player
During his first season at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 42 goals in a total of 49 games
competitions during the 2007-08 campaign. But it was only third place on the list behind Denis Law (46 goals) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (44 goals).
Even in his last appearance for Juventus, he found a winner who was only canceled by the VAR, showing that his goals are far from fading.
Most goals in a UEFA Champions League campaign by a Manchester United player
Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest scorer in the UEFA Champions League with 134 goals to his name. He also holds the record for most goals (17) in a single campaign. But he still has to do it for Manchester United. Nistelrooy scored the most goals by a United player in a UCL campaign with 12 goals in nine games (2002-03) and Ronaldo stands third with eight out of 11 games (2007-08).
Given his recent goal of achieving heroic deeds in the continental competition, the Dutchman could lose the number one place for Ronaldo after this season.
Hattricks (Premier League Era)
Although Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 57 hat-tricks in his career, only one of them came in a Manchester United shirt. Wayne Rooney has the most for United with eight (two of them in the UEFA Champions League) while Sergio Aguero leads the 12th Premier League race with 12 to his name.
While it may be far-fetched for Ronaldo to break Aguero’s record, the former Euro Cup winner could certainly have a chance at Rooney’s club record.
Most goals in a single match in the Premier League
Although Cristiano Ronaldo has scored twice in La Liga with Real Madrid against Espanyol and Granada twice in a match, he has yet to show form in the Premier League. Five different players in the Premier League have scored five goals, including Aguero (against Newcastle United), Alan Shearer (against Sheffield Wednesday), Jermain Defoe (against Wigan Athletic).
This is another record that the 36-year-old will try to fit and break during this period with Manchester United.