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Cristiano Ronaldo dressed as a hero in his return at Old Trafford with Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo appeared on the last play to give Manchester United the victory over Villarreal for the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Villareal
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Villareal

Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero of Manchester United this Wednesday in the Champions League when he scored the winning goal against Villarreal in the 95th minute of the match. The Portuguese gunner who returned to Old Trafford to rejoin glory and today, in a difficult match for the British team, was essential for his team to settle into the group and add their first victory in the competition.

Unlike what was expected, the first minutes showed the Spanish team much better planted on the field of play and exposing all the shortcomings of the premises. It is that the yellow box opted to retreat, close the attacking spaces to United and attack with counterattacks on its left. In this way, the first half ended 0-0, although Villarreal left a very good image and managed to generate no less than five clear goal situations. On the other hand, Manchester United could not find a way to approach Gerónimo Rulli's goal, beyond a front center or a deflected mid-distance shot.

Manchester United vs Villareal

In addition, the tonic of the game did not change and it seemed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could not solve the problems of his team because before 10 minutes he was already at a disadvantage, due to the goal of Paco Alcácer, which seemed to silence Old Trafford, by putting the 1 to 0 for Villareal.

Manchester United reacted half an hour from the end when, in a free kick to the right of the penalty area, Bruno Fernandes instead of shooting the center released an aerial pass for the winger Alex Telles. The Brazilian captured the volley ball and with a powerful shot that dug into the far post equalized the actions at Old Trafford. When it seemed that the duel was over, that the tie was already established, the one who appeared was Cristiano Ronaldo, to the delirium of all Manchester, and that United added for the first time in the tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebreating his goal against Villareal

Cristiano Ronaldo: Teams he played for

2002–2003 Sporting CP B 2 appearences without goals 

2002–2003 Sporting CP 31 appearences with 5 goals

2003–2009 Manchester United 292 appearences with 118 goals

2009–2018 Real Madrid 438 appearences with 450 goals

2018–2021 Juventus 134 appearences with 101 goals

2021–Actual Manchester United 5 appearences with 5 goals

Cristiano Ronaldo: Tournaments that he won

- Sporting CP

Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2002

- Manchester United

Premier League: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09

FA Cup: 2003–04

Football League Cup: 2005–06, 2008–09

FA Community Shield: 2007

UEFA Champions League: 2007–08

FIFA Club World Cup: 2008

- Real Madrid

La Liga: 2011–12, 2016–17

Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14

Supercopa de España: 2012, 2017

UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18

UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2017

FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United

- Juventus

Serie A: 2018–19, 2019–20

Coppa Italia: 2020–21

Supercoppa Italiana: 2018, 2020

- Portugal National Team

UEFA European Championship: 2016

UEFA Nations League: 2018–19

Cristiano Ronaldo: His goal against Villareal

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Alexis Almosnino

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