Cristiano Ronaldo was at his best when he made his debut for Manchester United on Saturday against Newcastle United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named the 36-year-old in his starting eleven for the visit of the Magpies to Old Trafford. Despite having not played for Manchester United in over 12 years and taking in just a few training sessions after he arrived at United this summer, the 5-time Ballon d'Or winner sparkled like a million diamonds.
Ronaldo scored two goals in his first match back at United, scoring in both halves. The former Juventus player gave United the lead in first-half stoppage time by latching on to a Mason Greenwood spilt shot. He then gave the Red Devils the lead again after Javier Manquillo had pegged back the United team early in the second half. From Cristiano Ronaldo's debut, these are the most eye-catching statistics.
30th Goal of 2021 - 450+ goals since 2006
With Cristiano Ronaldo's first goal against Newcastle United, he reached 30 goals for the 2021 Calendar year. Thus becoming the only player in history to score more than 30 goals in 15 consecutive calendars years.
200th Brace - Level with Messi
The 5-time Ballon d'Or winner scored a double against Newcastle United, making it the 200th time he has scored a brace in his career. He is the second-ever player to reach that feat, after Cristiano Ronaldo.
86.7% Pass Accuracy
Cristiano Ronaldo's game wasn't all about the goals, he also linked up well with his teammates. He completed 17 passes in the final third, with a pass accuracy of 86.7%. He also created 1 chance.
Overtakes Hazard, Tevez on EPL scorers list
His 2-goal haul against the Magpies pushed his Premier League goal tally to 86. This means he is now the 44th-highest goalscorer in the EPL, overtaking some popular names like Eden Hazard, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Torres.
20.2mph Top Speed
Whilst trying to catch up with Luke She's cross for his second goal, Cristiano Ronaldo hit a top speed of 20.2mph. This shows that his blistering pace has not left him, even at age 36.
33% Conversion Rate
The former Real Madrid player needed just 6 shots on target to score his brace against Newcastle United. This comes in at an impressive 33% Conversion Rate, an impressive number by all standards.
Blossoming Partnership with Bruno Fernandes
Cristiano Ronaldo completed a total of 9 passes to Bruno Fernandes during the duration of the game. This is the highest he completed to any player. Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba come in second at 7 passes and Harry Maguire at 5 passes.