“Not as Good as He Was”- Brentford Manager Calls Out Cristiano Ronaldo After Manchester United Move

Published 08/28/2021, 7:39 PM EDT
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – English Premier League – Manchester United v West Ham United – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – October 29, 2008 Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo


The last 24 hours have been absolutely crazy in the transfer window. Despite multiple reports linking him to a move to Manchester City, Cristiano Ronaldo yesterday signed with his former club, Manchester United and is set for a sensational return to Old Trafford.

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After spending three years with Juventus, the 36-year-old grew frustrated. Given the lack of a quality supporting cast around him, CR7 couldn’t drag the Italian giants to glory in European competition.

UDINE, ITALY – AUGUST 22: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio v Juventus at Dacia Arena on August 22, 2021 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

While he did scored a mind-boggling 101 goals, the lack of significant silverware was a letdown for both parties. A move away from Turin to that of United will certainly be a sigh of relief for Ronaldo who will be eager to contribute to the team.

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Brentford manager calls out Cristiano Ronaldo

World football has been absolutely buzzing with CR7’s latest move. Given how unexpected a move back to his boyhood club was, many were shocked by the same. Even other Premier League managers have reacted to the move.

One of them was Brentford manager Thomas Frank. In a recent press conference, the 47-year-old praised the Portuguese but raised concerns over his qualities. “He is a top player, he is one of the best in the world.”

 

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“He’s still a really good striker, not as good as he was.” Frank later joked about Ronaldo possibly being annoyed by his comments in the presser. “He’d probably be fuming if he heard me saying that.”

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While Frank raises some valid concerns, a 36-year-old Ronaldo is a brand new player. While the 2007 Cr7 would outpace his opponents and dribble his way through in the wide channels of the field, Ronaldo now has become more of a poacher.

He might take up wider positions sometimes, but unlike the early days, the 5-time Ballon D’or winner shifts to the middle of opposition’s D-box and coverts chances at a very high clip.

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Often using a streaky Anthony Martial or an injury-prone Edinson Cavani, United lacked a bona-fide goalscorer. CR7 might be the perfect answer for the same. Time and time again, Ronaldo has proven that no one should doubt him.

With media and rivals chipping in with criticisms, don’t be surprised if you see a charged up Cristiano Ronaldo proving his haters wrong this season. How many goals do you think Ronaldo will score?

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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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