Cristiano Ronaldo made a record-breaking return to Manchester United on Saturday against Newcastle United. The Portuguese superstar was named in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting 11 to face the Magpies at Old Trafford. The match was his first in a United shirt since he played the league-deciding 0-0 draw against Arsenal in May 2009.
The 5-time Ballon d'Or winner would leave for Real Madrid in a world-record transfer that summer, starting a 12-year sojourn away from Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal and trophy-laden 9 years at Real Madrid, winning 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 4 Ballon d'Or titles, 2 La Liga titles, and becoming the record scorer for Real Madrid. In 2018, he completed a move to Juventus where he scored over 100 goals in 3 seasons and won the Serie A twice. That completed his journey away from Manchester United.
Thus, on his second debut for Manchester United, the 36-year-old set a trio of records that is quite commendable. As he lined up for the Red Devils against the Magpies, Ronaldo set the record for the longest time between two Premier League appearances. There was a total of 12 years and 118 days between his last appearance against Arsenal and his latest against Newcastle United. The record was previously held by Damien Delaney who had 11 years and 115 days between appearing for Leicester City in 2002 and Crystal Palace in 2013.
Conversely, Cristiano Ronaldo's goals against Newcastle United on Saturday set a record for the longest time between scoring in the Premier League. The last time Ronaldo scored in the Premier League was on 10th May 2009, in a 2-0 victory over Manchester City. This makes the record 12 years and 117 days for the longest time between a player's goals in the English Premier League.
Another record Cristiano Ronaldo set on his second debut for Manchester United is being the first player with multiple Ballon d'Or titles to play in the Premier League. In fact, since he left the Premier in 2009, no player from the league has won the much-coveted Ballon d'Or title. He becomes the only ever winner of the title in the Premier as of now and the only one to have won it more than once and to have played in the English Premier League.