Manchester United Manager Draws Comparison Between Cristiano Ronaldo and Michael Jordan

Published 11/02/2021, 10:03 PM EDT


In the 1980s and the 1990s, whenever the Chicago Bulls needed a savior, Michael Jordan rose to the occasion. The four-time MVP etched his name as a Bulls legend with his heroics in 13 seasons in Chicago. According to English soccer club Manchester United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Cristiano Ronaldo is someone who comes close.

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During United’s latest game, Ronaldo scored two crucial goals to rescue his side from a poor result vs Atalanta. The team desperately needed him to step up, and the Portuguese star didn’t fail to show up. This is why Solskjaer bestowed the Jordan comparison to Ronaldo.

He said, “He does provide those moments. I’m sure Chicago Bulls didn’t mind having Michael Jordan either. Sometimes the teams have the players they have and that’s why they are at Man United and why they are champions at Chicago Bulls. You come up with those moments.”

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Soccer Football – Champions League – Group F – Atalanta v Manchester United – Stadio Atleti Azzurri, Bergamo, Italy – November 2, 2021 Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the match REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Michael Jordan and Cristiano Ronaldo: Two GOATs

This isn’t the first time that a comparison has been made between these two icons. When Ronaldo returned to Manchester United earlier this year after 12 years, analyst Michael Wilbon compared his return to that of MJ. He said, “This, to me, is like Michael Jordan returning to the Bulls. I mean, this is so unbelievably enormous in Europe.”

Jordan famously returned to the Bulls after a gap of over a year back in 1995. And that became one of the most iconic events, only in NBA history, but also across sports. Similar to how Jordan’s return helped the Bulls return to success, Ronaldo will be hoping to replicate the same.

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Throwback to Jordan’s iconic return

After winning his third straight championship in 1993, Michael Jordan surprised the basketball world by announcing his retirement. He lost motivation to play following the sudden passing of his father. He later pursued his childhood dream of playing baseball but didn’t find similar success.

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Then on March 18, 1995, Jordan issued a two-word fax to announce his return: ‘I’m back.’ Those two words were enough to send fans across the globe in a frenzy. Three more titles later, Jordan solidified his status as the GOAT when he finally bid adieu to the game in 2003.

Michael Johnson #23, shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls prepares to make a shot during a Central Division game in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 1988 – 1989 season at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, United States. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Allsport/Getty Images)

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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