‘All Eyes Were on Messi’- Liverpool Legend Claims Cristiano Ronaldo Wanted ‘Headlines’ in Manchester United Move

Published 09/05/2021, 3:32 PM EDT


The 2021 transfer window was perhaps one of the wildest off-seasons we have ever seen. Featuring two of the biggest superstars in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, it is pretty easy to see how the dynamic in European club football has changed.

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While Messi unexpectedly left a FC Barcelona side facing a financial crisis, Ronaldo made an unprecedented return to United. After multiple rumours linking him for a move to the Cityzens, United swept in. In the very last moment, the ‘Red Devils’ readied the paper work and announced the agreement.

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Steven Gerrard bashes Cristiano Ronaldo moving back to United

Ever since the Portuguese’s return to Manchester, fans can’t wait to see Ronaldo. Given his incredible scoring repertoire, many United fans are hoping that CR7 is the answer for the team and can help them win multiple trophies.

Rangers manager and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard certainly doesn’t think so. In a recent interview, Gerrard said that Ronaldo won’t have the same impact he did in his first stint. “I think Cristiano Ronaldo will not make the same impact to the Premier league as he did in the past.”

The legendary midfielder went into demolish the 5-time Ballon D’or winner. Gerrard recently claimed that the move was more of a marketing strategy and a last ditch effort to win the Ballon D’or.

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“I think he wanted to move away from Juventus to get the media headlines back to him. This is because all the eyes were on Messi since the day he won Copa America and moving to Paris Saint-Germain. It’s just a marketing strategy from him and his agent because they know once he is off the picture, it will also affect his Ballon d’Or chances.”

This is certainly a pretty bold statement that Gerrard makes against the Portuguese. While some fans and ex-players might have a similar perspective, things couldn’t be more different.

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Ronaldo might have secured his move away from Juventus this summer, there were multiple reports that the 5-time Ballon D’or was keen on a move away from Turin last season. But given his astronomical wages and Juve’s incredible transfer demands, a move away from the club failed to materialize.

Throughout his career, Ronaldo always has been an advocate for one thing, hard work. Driven by the hunger to succeed, CR7 will certainly give his 100% to the ‘Red Devils’ and will try to win some silverware for United. Can the Portuguese international have a successful second stint with United?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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