Cristiano Ronaldo’s first match since leaving Manchester United noticed him successful and changing a penalty as his Portugal aspect gained 3-2 towards Ghana within the World Cup.
The match noticed Ronaldo set new information, being the primary participant to attain in 5 World Cups and likewise he’s now each the youngest and oldest World Cup goalscorer in Portuguese historical past.
Nonetheless, it’s honest to say that Manchester United followers are unlikely to really feel dissatisfied that the star is not on the membership, as a result of his all-round efficiency was disappointing.
Ronaldo was put via on purpose inside the primary ten minutes however his poor management allowed the keeper to smother the ball and it went out for a nook.
Minutes later the 37 yr outdated rose for a header simply a few yards out however he managed to place it huge when it seemed simpler to attain.
The legendary ahead managed to place the ball within the web within the thirtieth minute however clearly pushed a defender in his strategy to purpose.
ITV commentator Ally McCoist, a well-known striker in his personal proper, complained that Ronaldo was “positioning himself for a end moderately than participating within the sport”.
Earlier than half time a cross went over Ronaldo’s head and moderately than bear in mind that it had gone to a teammate behind him, he was laughing after which stood in the best way as Felix tried to cross the ball again towards the purpose.
McCoist mentioned “the massive man switches off right here, fully switches off, unaware Joao Felix is behind him, there’s no excuse for that”.
Nonetheless it was the 5 instances Ballon d’Or winner who created the breakthrough within the sport. He gained a penalty – which seemed uncertain sufficient to be put to the VAR, however was not – after which transformed it himself.
Total, Ronaldo had a 78% go accuracy, 4 photographs – two on the right track and an anticipated objectives (xg) charge of 1.19 (stats by way of sofascore.com).
However it was by all accounts a patchy efficiency that did little to persuade followers that United have made a mistake in letting him go.